Premieres Last Weekend from Stefanie Batten Bland and Macy Sullivan – Works & Process at the Guggenheim – Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions

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Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions

This Moment by Stefanie Batten Bland
Premiered Sunday, July 26, 2020

Roars by Macy Sullivan
Premiered Monday, July 27, 2020

Photos are available for download at:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/c8twsxijy0qf0zv/AAB5zd018P2RrsWB7EQDda9Na?dl=0

This weekend, Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presented the premieres of new commissions from Stefanie Batten Bland and Macy Sullivan.

“This Moment” by Stefanie Batten Bland
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLoKdY0Xlmg

Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
Company SBB is supported by The American Center for Art & Culture (Paris), Brooklyn Botanic Garden, CUNY Dance Initiative, Duke Performances, French Institute Alliance Français (FIAF), The Harkness Foundation for Dance, Inc., The Jerome Robbins Foundation, La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Pentacle, and The Yard. Developmental support has also come from NYU Center for Ballet Arts and Goddard College.

Artist Statement by Stefanie Batten Bland

“This Moment” is an ongoing work and process between choreographic artist Stefanie Batten Bland and installation artist Conrad Quesen. Filmed respecting COVID distancing, the transparent use of PVC interrogates questions surrounding the definitions of safe space, indoor/outdoor, and the weight relationships of oppression.

This Moment by Stefanie Batten Bland, Installation Artist: Conrad Quesen, Installation Assistant: Anthony Quesen, Musical Composition: Grant Cutler, Collaborative Performers: Yeman Brown, Jennifer Payán, SBB.

“Roars”by Macy Sullivan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pnTn9GDxMk

Commissioned by Works & Process at the Guggenheim.
Co-presented by Artists Striving to End Poverty, Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, Get Empowered!, Safe Passage Project, and Together in Dance.

Artist Statement by Macy Sullivan
It’s an honor to return to the Works & Process ‘stage,’ this time as a performer and creator. My deepest gratitude to Podington Bear (Courtesy of Sound of Picture) and Nic Petry for their generous artistic contributions, and special thanks to my co-presenters, Artists Striving to End Poverty, Together in Dance, Get Empowered!, Safe Passage Project, and Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center, for their support and enthusiasm. Works & Process, thank you for making it a priority to support artists and art-making during this time.

Roars choreography and performance by Macy Sullivan, Music: Podington Bear; ‘Le Monstre’ from “Said Lion to Lamb,” Video design: Nic Petry and Macy Sullivan, Filming (safely distant) and editing: Nic Petry.

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. Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, 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 social distancing, that will premiere on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube (@worksandprocess) every Sunday and Monday at 7:30pm and can be viewed anytime after.

WPA Virtual Commissions Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6On3OKBegI&list=PLJ08rQmWB63RFC3avQF-nDsneUXLrUd4X

Upcoming Schedule of Premieres:
August 2 Ashley Laracey and Troy Schumacher
August 3 Gabrielle Lamb
August 9 Michael Novak and Josh Prince
August 10 Malcolm Jason Low and Jodi Melnick
August 16 Adrian Danchig-Waring, Joseph Gordon and HIPS
August 17 Alejandro Cerrudo and Ana Lopez
August 23 Silas Farley
August 24 Andrea Miller
August 30 Courtney Cochran
August 31 Carson Murphy and Nicholas Van Young

WORKS & PROCESS ARTISTS (WPA) VIRTUAL COMMISSIONS
(Participating artists as of July 23)

Stella Abrera * Evita Arce * Ephrat Asherie * BalletX * Brandon Stirling Baker * LaTasha Barnes * Reid Bartelme * Lisa Bielawa * 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 * Anthony Hawley * 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 * Malcolm Jason Low * 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.

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.

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