Works & Process at the Guggenheim Kicks Off Fall 2021 Season

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, will soon begin its fall season with a return to evening performances at the Peter B. Lewis Theater.

Each program will be 60 minutes, and all attendees will need to be fully vaccinated and will need to wear a face mask at all times. At this time, children under the age of 12, for whom there is currently no available vaccination, will not be permitted to attend.

The Metropolitan Opera: Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard, libretto by Kasi Lemmons

Monday, September 20, 7:30 pm

Ahead of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2021–22 season, learn more about the opening night production, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” — the Met’s first performance of an opera by a Black composer. Written by Grammy Award–winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard, this adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir features a libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons. The opera tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown co-direct this new staging. Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, will become the first Black director to create a main stage Met production. Prior to its premiere, General Manager Peter Gelb will moderate a discussion with members of the creative team and cast members present highlights.

New York City Ballet: Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller

Sunday, September 26, 7:30pm

Just days ahead of New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala, choreographers Sidra Bell and Andrea Miller illuminate their first-ever works for the stage at NYCB. Bell’s collaboration features costumes by Brooklyn-based designer Christopher John Rogers, and Miller’s collaboration with Indigenous Colombian singer Lido Pimienta features costumes by Paris-based Colombian-American designer Esteban Cortázar. Both will premiere on September 30. NYCB company members will perform excerpts ahead of the premiere, and Associate Artistic Director Wendy Whelan will moderate a discussion with Bell and Miller.

The Santa Fe Opera: “M. Butterfly” by Huang Ruo and David Henry Hwang

Monday, October 18, 7:30pm

Join composer Huang Ruo and writer David Henry Hwang as they discuss their newest collaboration, “M. Butterfly.” Inspired by the true story of a French diplomat who carried on a twenty-year love affair with a star of the Peking Opera, “M. Butterfly” is based on Hwang’s 1988 Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony Award–winning Broadway play of the same name. Hear excerpts ahead of the production’s world premiere as part of Santa Fe Opera’s 2022 season.

Tickets for each show can be purchased here.

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