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Opportunities: Open Applications For The Fall 2011 / Spring 2012 Residency Program at Robert Wilsonʼs Watermill Center (USA)

Opportunities: Open Applications For The Fall 2011 / Spring 2012 Residency Program at Robert Wilsonʼs Watermill Center (USA)

Who: The Watermill Center
What: Fall 2011 / Spring 2012 Watermill Residency Program at Robert Wilsonʼs Watermill Center
accepting applications now from multi-disciplinary international, emerging artists
Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Where: The Watermill Center; 39 Watermill Towd Road, Water Mill, NY 11976
Online Application:

The Watermill Center is currently accepting applications from individual artists and collectives for its international Fall 2011 / Spring 2012 Residency Program. The program invites artists of all disciplines to take up residence at The Watermill Center to create collaborative works that critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of performance practice. The Watermill Center has forged partnerships with leading institutions to help reach new networks and further the workshop projects. This current application cycle features partnerships with ArteEast, CPR – Center for Performance Research, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and New York Theatre Workshop to ensure the quality of the work as well as provide vital continuing support of artist projects. To read more about the program and apply online please visit:

About the Fall 2011 / Spring 2012 Residency Program
Since The Watermill Center Residency Program started in 2006, the Center will have hosted over 72 residency groups. The Residency Program runs from September to June and gives young artists the opportunity to live and work at the Watermill Center as a home to create and develop new work. Each residency varies in length according to artistsʼ and project needs and generally lasts a concentrated period of one to four weeks. A distinguished international selection committee composed of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across all disciplines meet in July to select the artists groups that will be invited to the residency program each year (see below for a full list). In addition to creating and developing their work, artists share their creative process at Watermill with the public through open rehearsals, workshops, and/or artist talks. Through partnership initiatives, some residencies go on to showcase their work with other NYC institutions.

The Selection Committee
Marina Abramovic, Performance Artist, Serbia
Marie-Claude Beaud, Curator and Director, National Museum of Monaco, France
Kristy Edmunds, Consulting Artistic Director, Park Avenue Armory, USA
Jonathan Safran Foer, Writer, USA
RoseLee Golberg, Founding Director and Curator, Performa, USA
Alanna Heiss, Director, Art International Radio and Founding Director, PS1, USA
Jürgen Kluge, Chairman of the Haniel Managing Board
Xavier Le Roy, Choreographer and Performer, France
Albert Maysles, Filmmaker, USA
Michael Morris, Co-Director, Artangel, and Director, Cultural Industry, UK
Gérard Mortier, Artistic Director, Teatro Real Madrid, Belgium
Ida Nicolaisen, Senior Researcher, Copenhagen University, & Co-Chair Emeritus, United Nations
Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues, Denmark
John Rockwell, Journalist, USA
Dr. Thomas F. Schutte, President, Pratt Institute, USA
Richard Sennett, Sociologist and Cultural Critic, New York University and London School of
Economics, USA
Taryn Simon, Visual Artist, USA
Nike Wagner, Artistic Director, Kunstfest Weimar, Germany
Robert Wilson, Theater Director and Visual Artist and Artistic Director, The Watermill Center, USA

Residency Partnerships
ArteEast: targeted for artists based in the Middle East and North Africa.
CPR – Center for Performance Research: offers a small selection of residencies the chance to
showcase their work in Brooklyn/NYC following their time at The Watermill Center
Lincoln Center Directors Lab: a Watermill residency for Directors Lab alumni to workshop their
work and present at Lincoln Center in NYC for Directors Lab 2012
New York Theatre Workshop: targeted for the new operatic work for the theater; presentation in
NYC following The Watermill Center residency

The Watermill Center | Mission Statement
Watermill is a laboratory for performance founded by Robert Wilson as a unique environment for young and emerging artists from around the world to explore new ideas. Watermill draws inspiration from all the arts and cultures as well as from social, human and natural sciences. Watermill is a global community of artists. Living and working together among the extensive collection of art and artifacts lies at the heart of the Watermill experience. Watermill is a haven for the next generations of artists, supporting their work among a network of international institutions and venues that embrace new interdisciplinary approaches.

About The Watermill Center
The Watermill Center is an interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts and humanities completed in 2006 on the Long Island, NY site of a former Western Union communication research facility. Founded by theatre and visual artist Robert Wilson as a place for young and emerging artists to work, learn, create, and grow with each other, Watermill integrates performing arts practice with resources from the humanities, research from the sciences, and inspiration from the visual arts. Watermill is unique within the global landscape of experimental theatrical performance, and regularly convenes the brightest minds from all disciplines to do, in Wilsonʼs words, “what no one else is doing.”

The Watermill Center supports projects that integrate genres and art forms from diverse view points and that break traditional forms of representation and cultural specifics. At the core of Watermillʼs programming lies the year-round support of artists in residence. Through both the International Summer Program—a highly collaborative residency led by Wilson—and through one to four week individual residencies hosted from September through June, Watermill annually welcomes over 150 artists from around the world. This unparalleled global residency program is complemented by educational programs with schools and other local institutions, public events such as open rehearsals and lectures, tours of the building and grounds, and seminars and symposia.

The Watermill Center itself is a 20,000+ square foot flexible working space including a 6,000 volume research library, galleries, rehearsal and staging spaces, workshops, offices, and residences situated on six acres of artist-designed and landscaped grounds. The Watermill Collection of over 7,000 art and artifact pieces spanning the history of humankind is integrated into all aspects of the building and grounds as a reminder that the history of each civilization is told by its artists.

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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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