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The Rotunda where the performances will take place. Courtesy of the Guggenheim.

Works and Process, the performing-arts series at the Guggenheim, has announced a new initiative: Works and Process Rotunda Series. Continuing a tradition of commissioning performances for the unique architecture of the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater, Works & Process will expand into the museum’s rotunda.

On October 27, 2016, the Works & Process Rotunda Projects Gala, chaired by Isaac Mizrahi, will launch this program and help raise commissioning funds. The gala will kick off with cocktails in the Peter B. Lewis Theater, followed by dinner in the rotunda.

The first set of projects will feature MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance (February 16, 2017) and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Daniil Simkin (September 5, 2017). The event will include a special demonstration of interactive projections planned for the Simkin project and excerpts of his and Dorrance’s productions.

Dorrance, leading a large cast of dancers and musicians during a three-week-long residency, will use tap dance and percussion to create a performative soundscape incorporating the rotunda as a musical instrument.

New York, NY. Sept 5th 2015. Michelle†Dorrance Tap dancer and Composer is photographed in recognition for her MacArthur award for 2015. Photography Christopher Lane
Michelle Dorrance in studio. Photographed by Christopher Lane. 

Daniil Simkin and a cast of dancers will utilize new technology in a performance with commissioned choreography by Alejandro Cerrudo and new music. The performance will be captured by infrared motion sensors, enhanced by 3D mapped visuals, and projected onto the surface of the rotunda. The projection aims to bridge human bodies and architecture.

Daniil Simkin mid performance. Photographed by Rosalie O’Connor/ABT.

Tickets and more information are available here.

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