Digital Performance: Storm | Spoleto at Home

Duration: Approximately 5 minutes


YouTube World Premiere
Co-presented with Works & Process at the Guggenheim, Barrington Stage Company, Broadway Dance Center, The Joyce Theater, and New York City Center

Sara Mearns, performer
Joshua Bergasse, choreography
Zoe Sarnak, music and lyrics
Margo Seibert, vocals

“The Storm Will Pass Soon Now”

New York City Ballet principal Sara Mearns (who performed at Spoleto Festival USA during the 2018 season) partners with her husband and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse to present Storm, created as part of the Works & Process Artists Virtual Commission Series. Filmed at the height of the pandemic in New York City and set to original music by Zoe Sarnak with Margo Seibert, the work seeks to explore the many emotions associated with our isolated time: helplessness, pain, hope, and strength.

Viewing link will be available here at 7:30pm on Sunday, June 7.

About the Works & Process Artists (WPA) Virtual Commission Series: A direct response to the pandemic, this initiative was launched to financially support artists and nurture their creative process during these challenging times by granting more than $150,000 in commissioning funds to artists who have been featured at Works & Process. Artists from a wide variety of genres have been commissioned to create new works, less than 5 minutes long, while social distancing, that premiere on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


  • Performer Sara Mearns
  • Choreography, filming Joshua Bergasse
  • Vocals Margo Seibert
  • Piano Zoe Sarnak
  • Film editing Lee Cherry


Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by the Ford Foundation, the Christian Humann Foundation, Leon Levy Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.   Works & Process has received support from the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program and NYC Employee Retention Grant Program.