Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions
Solanum Dulcamara by Donald Byrd
Premiered Sunday, July 5, 2020
Concrète Jungle by Dan Siegler and Dawn Sinkowski
Premiered Monday, July 6, 2020
This weekend, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presented the premieres of new commissions from Donald Byrd as well as Dan Siegler and Dawn Sinkowski.
“Solanum Dulcamara” by Donald Byrd, Teri Jeanette Weikel, and Luke Wigren
Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
Co-presented by Meany Center for the Performing Arts, Seattle Rep, Seattle Theatre Group, and Spectrum Dance Theater.
Artist Statement by Donald Byrd:
“I am a Black choreographer… In this particular moment in history it is almost impossible not to feel compelled to create work that addresses this moment. Many have used the word ‘reckoning’ to define it, I would also use ‘Black Exhaustion’. Exhausted by explaining and educating White people about resisting racism and White supremacy, exhausted by the pain and trauma of enduring the repeated, centuries old, and ever present acts of violence perpetrated against us. I am EXHAUSTED by it. Yet, I do not have the luxury of stepping away, I do not want to, nor will I. However, I can, must, want to, and do make other kinds of work. This piece is me giving myself permission to take a few minutes to pause that particular fray and enter another – my unreconciled history and relationship with a person vital to my beginnings as a choreographer. I must and needed to acknowledge that which was for over 35 years went unspoken… I have been refreshed and enlivened by this brief pause. I can now continue to fight the good fight.”
Solanum Dulcamara by Donald Byrd, Teri Jeanette Weikel, and Luke Wigren, Lead artist and concept: Donald Byrd, Video editing and assemblage: Luke Wigren, Music: Emmanuel Witzthum, Archival footage: Andrea Star Reese, Performers: Donald Byrd and Teri Jeanette Weikel.
“Concrète Jungle” by Dan Siegler and Dawn Sinkowski
Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
Co-presented by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.
Artist’s Statement by Dan Siegler:
” When I was a child growing up in New York City, my parents would take us ‘rummaging’. We’d comb through vacant lots, marveling at all the treasures people had thrown away, carting boxloads back to our house in Greenwich Village, feeling like we’d gotten away with something. My father would create sculptures out of some of this material: worn-down baseball mitts, rusted toy cars, the contact sheets and polaroids of strangers. It’s no surprise then, that my work is a continued exploration of discarded elements, the musical equivalent of found art (objét trouve). ‘Concrète Jungle’ is a musique concrète-inspired assemblage of New York City voices and street sounds I’ve collected, which are then micro-edited into rhythmic patterns that feature in-between breaths, linguistic filler and borough-specific accents. (Best enjoyed in headphones) The video, by Dawn Sinkowski is meant to capture this moment of isolation and reflection and to connect to the ghosts of the city’s distant and recent past that are always with us.”
Concrète Jungle by Dan Siegler and Dawn Sinkowski, Composer: Dan Siegler, Video: Dawn Sinkowski, Additional footage: Gemma Siegler, Robert Siegler, and Howard Silver.
Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions Playlist https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJ08rQmWB63RFC3avQF-nDsneUXLrUd4X.
Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions, a direct response to the pandemic, was launched to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times. With the generosity of our board, Works & Process is granting more than $150,000 in commissioning funds to artists who have been or were supposed to be featured at Works & Process. Artists from a wide variety of genres have been commissioned to create new works, less than 5 minutes long, while observing social distancing guidelines, that will premiere on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30pm. More information available at worksandprocess.org.
Upcoming Schedule of Premieres:
July 12 Missy Mazzoli
July 13 Nico Muhly and Adam Tendler
July 16 Virtual Works & Process: Lisa Bielawa
July 19 Eyal Vilner
July 20 Nathan Bugh and Gaby Cook
July 26 Stefanie Batten Bland
July 27 Macy Sullivan
WORKS & PROCESS ARTISTS (WPA) VIRTUAL COMMISSIONS
(Participating artists as of July 8)
Stella Abrera * Evita Arce * Ephrat Asherie * BalletX * Brandon Stirling Baker * LaTasha Barnes * Reid Bartelme * Stefanie Batten Bland * Joshua Bergasse * Hope Boykin * Brian Brooks * Camille A. Brown * Nora Brown * Tony Buck * Nathan Bugh * Rena Butler * Donald Byrd * Chris Celiz * Alejandro Cerrudo * Courtney Cochran * Gaby Cook * Anthony Roth Costanzo * Dylan Crossman * Adrian Danchig-Waring * Machine Dazzle * Viva DeConcini * Simone Dinnerstein * Michelle Dorrance * Silas Farley * Jack Ferver * Tom Gold * Joseph Gordon * Amy Hall Garner * Maxfield Haynes * Dance Heginbotham * HIPS * Adam Charlap Hyman * Dick Hyman * Michael R. Jackson * Jeremy Jacob * Colin Jacobsen * Michael Jagger * John Jarboe * Harriet Jung * Larry Keigwin * Gabrielle Lamb * Ashley Laracey * Pontus Lidberg * Ana Lopez * Dave Malloy * Missy Mazzoli * Ryan McNamara * Sara Mearns * Jodi Melnick * Andrea Miller * Isaac Mizrahi * Nico Muhly * Carson Murphy * Gillian Murphy * Michael Novak * Josh Prince * Caili Quan * Sascha Radetsky * Jamar Roberts * Anthony Rodriguez * Leonardo Sandoval * Kamala Sankaram * Zoe Sarnak * Penny Saunders * Claudia Schreier * Troy Schumacher * Margo Seibert * Dan Siegler * Dawn Sinkowski * Victoria Sin * Gus Solomons Jr. * Ethan Stiefel * Karma Stylz * Macy Sullivan * Pam Tanowitz * Adam Tendler * Conrad Tao * Caleb Teicher * Richard Thomas * Charles Turner * Nicholas Van Young * Preeti Vasudevan * Eyal Vilner * David Watson * Omari Wiles * Zack Winokur * Nicole Wolcott
Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions has been supported by Jody and John Arnhold, Stuart Coleman and Meryl Rosofsky, Antonio Convit and Tim McGraw, Lucy Dobrin, Adam Flatto, Bart Friedman, Bond Koga, Jayne Lipman, Eve Mykytyn, Michele and Steven Pesner, Cynthia Hazen Polsky, Stephen Kroll Reidy, Denise Saul, Annalyn Swan, Shelby White and many others. Virtual video design supported by Anupam and Rajika Puri. New music for dance supported by The Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation.
Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Works & Process has received support from the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program and NYC Employee Retention Grant Program.
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Described by The New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” for 35 years, New Yorkers have been able to see, hear, and meet the most acclaimed artists in the world, in an intimate setting unlike any other. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to generations of leading creators and performers. Most performances take place in the Guggenheim’s intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed 273-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. In 2017, Works & Process established a new residency and commissioning program, inviting artists to create new works, made in and for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. In 2020, Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions was created to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during the pandemic. worksandprocess.org.
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