Works & Process at the Guggenheim

Fall Performing Arts Series

By: - Sep 08, 2021

Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, begins its fall 2021 Season with a return to evening performances in the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. Lewis Theater this September and October at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128. Following a spring season featuring robust in-person rotunda performances at a time when theaters remained dark, this fall Works & Process will resume its signature behind the scenes Artist-driven programs, uniquely blending performance highlights with insightful artists discussions all prior to premiere. Tickets on sale now for September and October programs at Additional programs will be announced later in the fall.

Works & Process programs will be 60 minutes, ticketed at full capacity, and require everyone to be fully vaccinated. All individuals will be required 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, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Prior to its premiere, General Manager Peter Gelb moderates 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, 7:30 pm

Just days ahead of New York City Ballet’s Fall Fashion Gala, choreographers Sidra Bell’s and Andrea Miller’s 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 featurescostumes 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, 7:30 pm

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.


$25, $15 partial view, available for purchase online only

House seats may be available for $1,000+ Friends of Works & Process. To purchase house seats, email House seats may be released to the public before performances.

For more information, call 212 758 0024 or visit

 Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street
Subway: 4, 5, 6, or Q train to 86th Street
Bus: M1, M2, M3, or M4 bus on Madison or Fifth Avenue