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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 >>>

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, and numerous individual donors.

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