Paul Taylor Dance Company in Polaris by Ruven Afanador; Michael Novak by Bill Wadman; Carolyn Adams by Rob Khan; Susan McGuire courtesy of Susan McGuire; Robert Storr by Pascal Ferro.

“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

Works & Process Expands Beyond the Guggenheim Three-Part Fall Series at New York Public Library for the Performing Arts with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division

Featuring Street and Social Dance Jam with LayeRhythm (On The Move), Dance Conversations exploring Alex Katz & Paul Taylor Collaborations and NYC Club Dancers with Ephrat Asherie

October 20, October 27 & November 7, 2022

The performing arts series Works & Process broadens its representation this fall by expanding beyond the Guggenheim for a free, three-part series of new dance and music productions presented at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC. Tickets available now at

Improv Dance Music and Flexn

LayeRhythm (on the Move) with Sun Kim Dance Theater, in collaboration with 92NY and Hi-ARTS

Thursday, October 20, 7 pm

Embodying the continuum of concert and social dance, LayeRhythm led by Mai Lê Hô weaves a singular mix of freestyle dance, live music, and audience interaction, celebrating the vibrancy of street and club dance cultures. Spotlighting Popping and Sun Kim Dance Theater, the evening will feature choreographed work from the company alongside improvisations by musicians, dancers and emcees, captivating young and old, theater and club goers. Michele Byrd-McPhee founder and executive director of Ladies of Hip-Hop will moderate the discussion.

Join early for the 6 pm pre-show party on the Terrace at the Library for the Performing Arts (weather permitting).

Dance Conversation

Alex Katz and Paul Taylor: Four Decades of Collaborations, hosted by Michael Novak, with Carolyn Adams, Susan McGuire, and Robert Storr

Thursday, October 27, 7 pm

In conjunction with the Guggenheim Museum’s Alex Katz retrospective, Alex Katz: Gathering, join Paul Taylor Dance Company Artistic Director Michael Novak, celebrated Taylor alumnae and educators Carolyn Adams and Susan McGuire, and artist, critic, and curator Robert Storr as they discuss the lasting resonance of Alex Katz’s collaborations with dancemaker Paul Taylor. Select archival video highlights from their sixteen collaborations will be screened, as well as insights into the process, design, and impact of interdisciplinary collaborations.

Dance Conversation

Intergenerational Memories of New York City Club Dancers with Ephrat Asherie

Monday, November 7, 7 pm

In conjunction with the premiere of UNDERSCORED, choreographer Ephrat Asherie is working with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division to collect and archive oral histories from elders who helped create and usher in NYC’s underground dance scene in the 1970s and 1980s. In this program, legendary elders from the underground dance community will share their stories in conversation with Asherie. 


An independent process-focused non-profit performing arts organization, Works & Process 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 studio-to-stage 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 Gibney Center, 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 10 residency centers across New York state to support creative process.

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

About New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

The Library for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enhancing access to its rich archives of dance, theatre, music, and recorded sound—to amplify all voices and support the creative process. As one of The New York Public Library’s renowned research centers—and one of the world’s largest collections solely focused on the performing arts—the Library’s mission is to amplify all voices and all of our holdings. The collection at the Library for the Performing Arts includes upwards of 8 million items, notable for their extraordinary range and diversity—from 11th-century music, to 20th-century manuscripts to contemporary hip-hop dance.

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