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Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents The Night Falls by Karen Russell, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and Troy Schumacher

January 22, 2023

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents The Night Falls by Karen Russell, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and Troy Schumacher, featuring performance highlights and moderated discussion about the forthcoming premiere of The Night Falls. Tickets available now at www.worksandprocess.org.

The Night Falls by Karen Russell, Ellis Ludwig-Leone, and Troy Schumacher
Sunday, January 22, 7:30 pm
Tickets $35-$45, Choose What You Pay

The Night Falls is a new myth for our fractured era. A recurring nightmare lures a group of eclectic strangers to an abandoned Floridian tourist trap where, fearing nightfall, they band together to resist the seduction of despair. With choreography that dramatizes the leap of empathy between bodies and music that channels the polarities of surrender and resistance, The Night Falls shows the visceral power of art to brace us against the abyss.

Prior to the work’s world premiere, February 9-12 at PEAK Performances at Montclair State University, choreographer and director Troy Schumacher (New York City Ballet and BalletCollective), writer and lyricist Karen Russell (Swamplandia!), composer and lyricist Ellis Ludwig-Leone (San Fermin) discuss their creative process with moderator Michael Sean Breeden. Cast members perform highlights.

The Night Falls is developed and co-produced by BalletCollective, Inc. and PEAK Performances. The work was developed during a Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals 2018 residency, and further support was provided during a virtual creative residency in 2021.

1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128

An independent process-focused non-profit performing arts organization, Works & Process champions creative process from studio-to-stage and illuminates the artistic process of creators from the world’s largest organizations and simultaneously champions artists representing historically underrecognized performing arts cultures by providing rare longitudinal and fully funded creative residency, commissioning, and presenting support.

Works & Process provides audiences with unprecedented access to creative process with programs that blend artist discussions and performance highlights, with the goal of fostering greater understanding and appreciation and broadening representation.

This season Works & Process celebrates New York artists, street and social dance, and after four decades at the Guggenheim expands beyond the museum to also present at Lincoln Center and The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Our ongoing LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” residency program knits together a constellation of 12 residency centers across New York state to support creative process.

“But praise and gratitude also must go to Works & Process and Jacob’s Pillow. These organizations have not only been providing lifelines to artists during the pandemic, they have also been directing attention and resources to dance communities often neglected by the institutions of concert dance.”
– The New York Times

“An exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process” – The New York Times


January 22, 2023


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