Works & Process at the Guggenheim Announces The Covid-19 Variations

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim announces the U.S. premiere of The Covid-19 Variations: A Piano Drama, including a discussion on the creative process with director Alison Jackson, composer Richard Thomas, and pianist Philip Edward Fisher. Tickets available now at


The Covid-19 Variations: A Piano Drama

Presented with The New Group

Sunday, September 25, 7:30 pm

Tickets $35

A powerful and entertaining take on the last two years, The Covid-19 Variations: A Piano Drama is a unique and outrageously funny film and concert in one 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 lived through Covid. Olivier Award–winning Richard Thomas composed The Covid-19 Variations during the earliest days of the pandemic for Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commissions. Inspired by his music, BAFTA-winning artist and director Alison Jackson has created 19 short films for the Covid-19 Variations, drawn from fake reality. These films ponder the question of how we can tell what is real or fake using celebrity lookalikes and commemorate life in the time of Covid. Featuring a Gershwin-esque 23-minute riff, the music is performed by world-renowned pianist Philip Edward Fisher. This live U.S. premiere follows the work's world premiere earlier this year at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, United Kingdom, in a production directed by two-time Olivier Award winner and the Rep Artistic Director Sean Foley. As part of the program, Jackson, Thomas, and Fisher discuss their creative process.



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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 9 residency centers across New York state to support creative process.


"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


"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-driven company with a commitment to developing and producing powerful, contemporary theatre. The organization's New Group/New Works play and musical development program champions original works by emerging and established authors. The New Group Off Stage celebrates work at the intersection of art, multimedia, and social engagement by showcasing some of today's most compelling storytellers through web series, films, audio plays and more. The New Group also operates a variety of theater education programs from teen acting ensembles to college access programs, and a college-level acting studio in collaboration with Long Island University-Brooklyn. The New Group's upcoming season, featuring new plays by Will Arbery, Thomas Bradshaw, Diane Exavier, and a new film by John Epperson and Chloë Sevigny can be explored at

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