Pharrell Williams Creates Score for “Rules Of The Game” Performance This Fall

He is teaming up with Jonah Bokaer and Daniel Arsham.

Coachella organizers have previously been criticized for not treating visual artists equally to musical artists. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Starting on September 12, New York’s Guggenheim will present “Work & Process,” a series that exposes the creative processes of several renowned artists across multiple disciplines, including musician and producer Pharrell Williams.

Photo courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Photo courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

From September to December, several events will take place in the Guggenheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright Theater that not only demonstrate some never-before-seen performances but, most importantly, explore in depth the effort behind their creation. Ranging from music, dance, theater, and even opera, the Frank Lloyd Wright Theater will have a fall and winter season filled with ambitious and stimulating conversation.

Still from "Rules of the Game" courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Still from “Rules of the Game.” Courtesy of the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

On October 31, a multidisciplinary piece titled “Rules Of The Game” will be on show at the Guggenheim. The dance performance, choreographed by Jonah Bokaer and scenographed by Daniel Ashram, features a score composed by Pharrell Williams, who in recent years has designed chairs which debuted at Galerie Perrotin, curated works in Paris, and collaborated with art superstar Takashi Murakami.

The Guggenheim is hosting a talk on the collaboration before “Rules Of The Game” premieres in November at BAM’s Next Wave Festival. “Selections from the show” will illustrate the discussion, a source tells artnet News in an email, but Williams will not be present.

The series of events put on for “Works & Process” will open with excerpts and discussions of an opera piece based on the 1996 Academy Award-nominated film Breaking the Waves, courtesy of composer Mizzy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek. One of the final performances of the series, taking place in late December, will be an interesting music and dance piece based on Sergei Prokofiev’s children’s story “Peter & the Wolf,” with narration of the story by fashion designer, TV presenter, and creative director Isaac Mizrahi.

Isaac Mizrahi. Photo: © Jason Frank Rothenberg.

Isaac Mizrahi. Photo: © Jason Frank Rothenberg.

Other highlights include a play by Erika Sheffer, a musical piece by American composer John Zorn, and a dance performance created by choreographer and founder of Kate Weare Company, Kate Weare.

Events for “Works & Process” will take place from September 12 – December 19, 2016 at the Guggeneheim’s Frank Lloyd Wright Theater.


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