Works & Process at the Guggenheim
announces the World Premiere of
Works & Process Rotunda Project:
Michelle Dorrance with Nicholas Van Young
Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:30pm, 8pm and 9:30pm
“One of the most imaginative tap choreographers working today” – The New Yorker
On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6:30pm, 8pm and 9:30pm, Works & Process presents the first Works & Process Rotunda Project, a new initiative, commissioning site-specific residencies and performances for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. The Works & Process Rotunda Project: Michelle Dorrance with Nicholas Van Young will feature MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, one of the most sought-after tap dancers of her generation, working in collaboration with Bessie Award winner Nicholas Van Young. Culminating a three-week rotunda residency, Dorrance and Van Young lead a large cast of dancers and musicians from her company, Dorrance Dance, using dance and percussion to create a performative soundscape incorporating the rotunda as a musical instrument.
This 30-minute performance will be viewed from the ramps and requires audience members to stand for the duration of the program.
Leadership support for Works & Process Rotunda Projects provided by Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and Caroline M. Sharp.
Michelle Dorrance Rotunda Project is underwritten by Stuart H. Coleman and Meryl Rosofsky.
Tickets & Venue
$40, $35 Guggenheim members and Friends of Works & Process.
$10 Student Rush Tickets available one hour prior to each performance (if space allows, for students under 25 with valid ID).
Box Office (212) 423-3575, (M–F, 1–5pm) or online at worksandprocess.org
Peter B. Lewis Theater
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Mentored by Gene Medler, Michelle Dorrance grew up performing with the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble and has since performed with: STOMP, Savion Glover’s Ti Dii, Manhattan Tap, Barbara Duffy & Co, JazzTap Ensemble, RumbaTap, Ayodele Casel’s Diary of a Tap Dancer, Mable Lee’s Dancing Ladies, Harold Cromer’s original Opus One, Derick Grant’s Imagine Tap and Jason Samuels Smith’s Charlie’s Angels/Chasing the Bird. Michelle’s choreography has been featured on stages throughout the world as well as in a high-fashion short film for Tabitha Simmons’ 2011 Fall line. Michelle embodies a true passion for teaching and strives to share this passion wherever she goes. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from NYU, played bass for Darwin Deez, teaches as guest faculty at Broadway Dance Center, is a Capezio Athlete and has been featured on the covers of Dance Magazine and Dance Teacher Magazine. Michelle wishes to credit the master hoofers from whom she studied with in her youth for constant inspiration and influence.
Nicholas Van Young is a dancer, musician and choreographer, and a 2015 Bessie Award recipient. He previously was a member of the off-Broadway sensation STOMP, where he performed the lead role, acted as rehearsal director, and spent 10 years with the show. Nicholas began his professional career at the age of 16 with Tapestry Dance Company of Austin, TX. Since moving to New York, Nicholas has performed with multiple tap companies and shows and is thrilled to have found a home with Michelle Dorrance’s Dorrance Dance. Nicholas co-created and developed ETM: Double Down, a collaborative effort with Michelle Dorrance.
Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Described by the New York Times as “an exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process,” for over 31 years and in over 500 productions, 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 285-seat Peter B. Lewis Theater. In 2017 Works & Process will establish a new residency and commissioning program that invites artists to create site-specific performances for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. worksandprocess.org.