(325) LIVE from Works & Process at the Guggenheim: ‘The Night Falls’

Posted by on 01.30.2023

Today’s episode of ‘Conversations On Dance’ is a live podcast from the Guggenheim’s Works & Process series. We explore the creation of a new dance driven music theater production ‘The Night Falls’, which is set to run February 9th through 12th at Montclair State University. ‘The Night Falls’ is a new myth for our fractured era, depicting the metamorphosis of atomized individuals into a true community, with choreography that dramatizes the leap of empathy between bodies and music that channels the polarities of surrender and resistance. In this interview, we are joined by the show’s creative team, choreographer and director Troy Schumacher, composer and co-lyricist Ellis Ludwig-Leone and librettist and co-lyricist Karen Russell. Tickets for ‘The Night Falls’ can be found at peakperfs.org

We are happy to be able to share a visual companion to this episode. To watch the full interview including the dancing and signing segments, visit Works & Process’ YouTube Channel, or click here: https://youtu.be/FfidIh8pi0o.

This episode was recorded live on January 22, 2023 as a part of Guggenheim’s Works & Process.

‘The Night Falls’: Co-produced by BalletCollective, Inc., and PEAK Performances at Montclair State University. The Night Falls was developed during a 2018 residency for Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals with further support provided during a virtual creative residency in 2021. This season was made possible, in part, by the Alexander Kasser Theater Endowment Fund, PEAK Patrons, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Leadership support for the world premiere production of The Night Falls is provided by Stephen Kroll Reidy, Project Springboard: Developing Dance Musicals with lead support from the Jerome Robbins Foundation and other funder support, and Jonna Mackin. Singer rehearsal space is generously provided by The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and Better Company Records.

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