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Works and Process at the Guggenheim - LaunchPAD Residencies

at Bethany Arts Community

LaunchPAD underscores the Works & Process core mission to support artists and illuminate the creative process.

Works & Process is a performing arts series at the Guggenheim, In 2021, they announced the creation of LaunchPAD “Process as Destination.” 

Bethany is proud to partner with Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim to support creators of the performing arts and incubate new works. As two organizations committed to supporting artists across disciplines and in various stages of their artistic process, the partnership is a natural fit.

 Recognizing performing artists continue to face vulnerabilities including unstable income, lack of access to rehearsal space, and limited opportunities for prolonged collaborations outside the necessity to produce finished premieres, the Works & Process LaunchPAD at Bethany Arts Community provides collaborating artists with living wage fees, transportation, devoted studio and theater space, and housing. Select LaunchPAD projects will premiere at Works & Process at the Guggenheim and partnering presenters.

 Woven into each LaunchPAD will be classes, open rehearsals, and in-process show and tells encouraging appreciation for the complexities of the artistic process and building future audiences for its performing artists.

 Supporting both organizations missions’ LaunchPAD will serve as an incubator encouraging artists and audiences to embrace artistic process as destination, where understanding how work is created is as important as viewing the final product. LaunchPAD will support today’s leading performing artists and nurture an array of performing arts disciplines and historically marginalized artists.

 The program at Bethany is part of a network of residency partners including: • Bridge Street Theatre, Catskill, NY • Catskill Mountain Foundation’s Orpheum Film & Performing Arts Center, Tannersville, NY • The Church, Sag Harbor, NY • Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY • Modern Accord Depot, Accord, NY • The Pocantico Center, Tarrytown, NY • The Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY

Works and Process LaunchPAD Highlights


Brian Henry aka “HallowDreamz” – Krump, A Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” at Bethany Arts Community residency. Amplifying nontraditional dance, Krump legend Brian Henry, in an opportunity rarely available to the community he represents, brings together a group of 13 Krump veterans at Bethany to create a collaborative work and offer the public access to workshops and showings. A future premiere in New York City to be scheduled.

Residency: February 14 – 27

Assembly: February 18 at Sleepy Hollow Middle School (In partnership with The Pocantico Center)
Workshop: February 23 with Ossining High School students
Public Show & Tell and Workshop: February 26, 2pm Register Here >>

Ladies of Hip Hop


Intergenerational Transfer. A Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” at Bethany Arts Community residency. Featuring three generations, this project captures the knowledge, beauty, and power of Black female street dancers and looks beyond the traditional lens of exposure for Black bodies in dance, which has overwhelmingly focused on Eurocentric dance aesthetics including modern, contemporary, and ballet. The culmination will be the creation of a concert dance piece that preserves and celebrates the beauty, strength, and lived experiences of Black women in street dance.

Residency: March 15 – 25
Events at Bethany:
Show and tell for students from Ossining’s AMD
Show and Tell: Saturday, March 19, 8 pm. Register Here >>
Events at the Works & Process at the Guggenheim in New York City: Sunday, March 27 – World premiere. Learn more & tickets here >>

In a school field trip, students from Ossining’s Anne M Dorner Middle School visited Bethany for a workshop with the Ladies of Hip Hop. Following the dance workshop, the students joined the ladies in a circle to hear their individual journeys to dance as a career. A beautiful and inspiring event! March 23, 2022


Samantha Figgins – Dance for Hearing Loss/Deaf. A Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” At Bethany Arts Community residency. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dancer and choreographer Samantha Figgins, who lives with single-sided deafness, continues to workshop choreography for deaf and hard-of-hearing dancers and the community.

Residency: May 9–22, 2022
School Program: program in conjunction with Ossining Public Schools 
Public Event: Work in Progress Showing, May 20 at 8pm
Learn more and Tickets here >>>


Francesca Harper – The Reckoning. A Works & Process LaunchPAD “Process as Destination” At Bethany Arts Community residency. Dancer and choreographer, Artistic Director of Ailey II, and Founder of The FHP Collective and The Francesca Harper Project, explores how media and entertainment commodifies and profits off of the erasure and harm of others while catapulting some into celebrity culture. How does our capitalistic society benefit from brutality as it relates specifically to bodies of color? With a sonic tapestry created by rock star Nona Hendryx and daring movement created by Francesca Harper in collaboration with the dancers, they collectively create a choreographic work that explores this intersection of transparency and erasure, what it is we care to see, and what we choose to recklessly disregard.

Residency: January 5 – 9 (bubble residency)
Residency: June 18 – 30
Events: Show and Tell: A Francesca Harper Work & Process Showing  >>REGISTER


Courtney ToPanga – Her new Works & Process commission, ALL INCLUSIVE AND MORE fuses street dance, street jazz, ballroom, vogue, and hip-hop. Informed by her own experience as a queer teenager who found refuge from teasing in dance, the work conveys how her gender transition spurred transformative emotional, creative, and physical liberation.

Residency: November 7-19, 2022
Public Event: Work in Progress Showing, Nov 12 at 2pm
Learn more and Tickets here >>>


Francesca Harper – The project being worked on is The Reckoning, both choreographed and directed by Francesca Harper.

Existing as a film and a live performance, The Reckoning is choreographer and director Francesca Harper’s response to the 2010 killing of seven-year-old Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley-Jones at the hands of Detroit law enforcement. In collaboration with composer Nona Hendryx, Harper creates an expressive historical record of injustice as she explores the relationship between erasure and commodification in the media’s coverage of brutality against bodies of color. Dancers from Ailey II and FHP Collective perform in costumes by Elias Gurrola, with lighting design by Itohan Edoloyi.

The Reckoning was commissioned by ARRAY’s Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP), a propulsive fund dedicated to empowering activists to disrupt the code of silence that exists around police aggression and misconduct.

The development of The Reckoning and this live performance premiere is supported by Works & Process and developed in Works & Process LaunchPAD residencies at Bethany Arts Community with the collaboration of Gabri Christa and The Movement Lab @ Barnard. Presented in conjunction with the Guggenheim exhibition Nick Cave: Forothermore.

Residency: March 5 – 9, 2023


The project being worked on is Caged Birds, a documentary film and collection of live performances.

For many young New York City artists, the rambunctious tradition of Subway Showtime represents their best opportunity to show and improve in front of a live audience. The renegade act of public dance comes charged with the possibility of confrontation and arrest, risks that performer/documentarian Kash Gaines knows all too well. Kash’s new project Caged Birds, commissioned by Works & Process for premiere at the Guggenheim, includes intimate stories of dancers’ perilous encounters with law enforcement inside and outside the MTA system and watching the craft they’ve honed performing on the city’s biggest stage and interact with their future ambitions. Both the documentary film and live performances prove that these uncaged birds can truly fly.

Residency: March 1-9, 2023

National Endowment for the Arts
The New York State Council on the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts

Residencies and programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor’s office and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, Humanities NY, Westchester Community Foundation and numerous individual donors.

Bethany Arts Community has been evaluated by Charity Navigator, the world’s largest and most trusted nonprofit evaluator, and because of our strong financial health, ongoing accountability and transparency, we have earned a 4-Star Rating! 

This milestone achievement for Bethany Arts Community could not have happened without the support of our Members, Artists, Volunteers, Contributors, Funders, and Friends. Through the trust and support of our community we are able to continue deepening our relationships with all of the communities we serve.

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