City Life Org – Works & Process at the Guggenheim announces The Covid-19 Variations: A Piano Drama Presented with The New Group September 25, 2022 at 7:30 pm

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces U.S. Premiere of The Covid-19 variations: a drama for piano, including a discussion of the creative process with director Alison Jackson, composer Richard Thomas and pianist Philip Edward Fisher. Tickets available now at

The Covid-19 variations: a drama for piano

Presented with the new group

Sunday, September 25, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets $35

A powerful and entertaining look at the past two years, The Covid-19 variations: a drama for piano is a unique and outrageously funny movie and concert with a cast of characters including everyone from Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin and Elton John to Kanye West and even the British Royal Family, because everyone has been through Covid. Richard Thomas, winner of the Olivier Prize, composed Variants of Covid-19 during the early days of the pandemic for Works & Process Artists (WPA) virtual orders. Inspired by his music, BAFTA-winning artist and director Alison Jackson has created 19 short films for theVariants Covid-19, taken from false reality. These films reflect on the question of how we can tell what is true or false using celebrity lookalikes and commemorate life in the time of Covid. With a 23-minute Gershwin-esque riff, the music is performed by world-renowned pianist Philip Edward Fisher. This live US premiere follows the work’s world premiere earlier this year at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, UK, in a production directed by two-time Olivier Award winner and artistic director Rep Sean Foley. As part of the program, Jackson, Thomas and Fisher discuss their creative process.


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

Works & Process offers audiences unprecedented access to the creative process with programs that blend artist talks and performance highlights, with the aim 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, it expands beyond the museum to also present at Gibney Center, Lincoln Center and New York. York Public Library for the Performing Arts, with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division. Our ongoing LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” residency program brings together a constellation of 9 residencies across New York State to support the creative process.

But the praise and gratitude must also go to Works & Process and Jacob’s Pillow. These organizations have not only provided lifelines for artists during the pandemic, they have also directed attention and resources to dance communities often overlooked by concert dance institutions. – The New York Times

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

The New Group (Scott Elliott, Founding Artistic Director; Adam Bernstein, Executive Director) is an award-winning artist-led company committed to developing and producing powerful contemporary theatre. The organization’s New Group/New Works music development and performance program champions original works by emerging and established songwriters. New off-stage group celebrates working at the intersection of art, multimedia and social engagement by showcasing some of today’s most compelling storytellers through web series, films, audio pieces and more. The new group also runs a variety of theater education programs ranging from teen acting ensembles to college access programs, and a college-level acting studio in conjunction with Long University. Island in Brooklyn. The next season of the New Group, with new pieces from Will Arbery, Thomas Bradshaw, Diane Exavierand a new movie John Epperson and Chloe Sevigny can be explored at

Corina C. Butler