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The Watermill Center
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 where living and working together among the extensive collection of art and artifacts lies at the heart of the experience. Watermill strives to be a haven for a next generation of artists while supporting their work among a network of international institutions that embrace new interdisciplinary approaches.
Many of the world’s most celebrated artists have participated in Watermill programs including Trisha Brown, David Byrne, Lucinda Childs, Philip Glass, Isabelle Huppert, Jeanne Moreau, Lou Reed, Miranda Richardson, Dominique Sanda, Susan Sontag and Robert Wilson himself. Theaters and museums around the world have mounted dozens of projects that were originally developed at the Watermill Center.
In the words of Jessye Norman, "Watermill is the best idea to find a place in the world of arts since Pierre Boulez created IRCAM in Paris. Robert Wilson's unique gifts and spirit provide the strong basis of a new vision of the creation and presentation of all that we think of as theatre in particular, combining all of the arts in a fresh perspective."
The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation operates the Center and coordinates its artistic programs. In addition, the Center has established collaborative networks with both neighboring and international cultural and educational institutions. Its artistic programs are financed through the generous support of individuals, foundations, corporations and state institutions.
The Watermill Center's new facilities were inaugurated in July 2006. Since the Grand Opening the Watermill Center offers a wide range of programs and activities throughout the year. For the well-known International Summer Arts Program, Wilson invites 60-80 artists who come from over 25 countries—48 countries so far—for 4-5 weeks of intense creative exploration. There are daily workshops with Mr. Wilson and his collaborators, based on new projects they are developing in all areas of the arts. Residents also develop their own work under Wilson's guidance. A lecture series completes the ambitious program. Its mission is to give young emerging artists time and space to create new original works in all artistic fields and related disciplines and to offer them a network of associated institutions, artists and alumni to support them in their artistic and professional development.
For the Center's Fall and Spring Residency programs, which take place from September to June, a high profile committee of practitioners in the arts and humanities—including Wilson, Marina Abramovic, Alanna Heiss, Albert Maysles, Gerard Mortier, John Rockwell, Jonathan Safran Foer, Richard Sennett, Nike Wagner and others—selects over 15 groups, individual artists and scholars in residence to workshop their own creations. The residencies are complemented by educational programs with schools and other institutions; public events such as open rehearsals and lectures, seminars and symposia; and tours of the building and grounds.
The London-based performance and video artist Daria Martin writes about her Watermill experience: "We are encouraged to use the space as we see fit, whenever suits us.... We also enjoyed the freedom of wandering through Robert Wilson's incredible collection of objects, unhindered by protective glass etc – these statues add a provocative texture to thoughts and to work.... The peace and tranquility here is gold dust. You can watch your own thoughts drift past like in a meditation...."
To apply for the summer workshop program with Robert Wilson or a fall or spring residency, please refer to the webpage www.watermillcenter.org.
For more information please contact The Watermill Center (631.726.4628 or email@example.com) or TJ Witham, Communications Manager in New York (212.253.7484 ext. 22 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation thanks:
Shaikha Paula Al-Sabah, Fawzi M. Al-Saleh, Marina Abramovic, American Friends Of The Paris Opera And Ballet, The Annenberg Foundation, The Giorgio Armani Corporation, Aventis Foundation, Dianne B, Bacardi Usa, Inc., Stephan Balzer, Irving Benson, Pierre Bergé, André Bernheim, Nathan Bernstein & Katharina Otto-Bernstein, Luciano & Giancarla Berti, Ross Bleckner, Bridges Larson Foundation, Brooks Brothers, The Brown Foundation, Cecily Brown, Bruno Brunet & Nicole Hackert, Stanley Buchthal & Maja Hoffmann, The Martin Bucksbaum Family Foundation, Henry Buhl, Ed Bulgin, Franz & Bettina Burda, William I. Campbell & Christine Wächter-Campbell, Chanel, Alain Coblence, Melissa Cohn, Richard D. (in memoriam) And Lisa Colburn, Elaine Terner Cooper (in memoriam), Paula Cooper & Jack Macrae, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Dorothy & Lewis B. Cullman Foundation, Zora Danon (in memoriam), Hélène David-Weill, Ethel De Croisset (in memoriam), Lisa De Kooning, Addie De Menil And Ted Carpenter (in memoriam), Christophe De Menil, Simon De Pury, Philippine De Rothschild, Deutsche Bank Na, Margherita Di Niscemi, Robert Louis Dreyfus (in memoriam), Asher Edelman, David & Susan Edelstein, Christian Eisenbeiss, Richard & Eileen Ekstract, Marina Eliades, The Elkins Foundation, The Empire State Development Corporation, Jan Fabre, Harald Falckenberg & Larissa Hilbig, Philip & Lisa Maria Falcone, Roger & Wendy Ferris, Forum Associates, Betty Freeman (in memoriam), Juergen & Anke Friedrich, Jolmer Gerritse, Nan Goldin, Barbara L. Goldsmith Foundation, Douglas Gordon, Martin & Audrey Gruss, Agnes Gund, The Guttman Family, Veronica Hearst, Mary Heilmann, Gabriele Henkel, Ikepod Timepieces, Yves-André Istel & Kathleen Begala, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Holm Keller, Anselm Kiefer, Lummi U. Kieren, Calvin Klein Family Foundation, William & Eileen Kornreich, Oleg Kulik, Stewart F. Lane & Bonnie Comely, L’oreal Usa, Thomas H. Lee & Ann Tenenbaum, Annie Leibovitz, Ann Lewis (in memoriam), Lexus, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Peter Lindbergh, Eugenio Lopez, Dr. Johann Borwin Lüth, Lvmh / Moët Hennessy.Louis Vuitton, Judy Lybke, Louise T. Blouin Macbain, The Mach Foundation, The Honorable Earle & Carol Mack, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Giovanna Mazzocchi, Jay Mcinerney & Anne Hearst Mcinerney, Michael Meagher, Jonathan Meese, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bruce & Julie Menin, Richard & Marcia Mishaan, Montblanc, The National Endowment For The Arts, Leslie Negley, Nancy Negley, Daniel Neidich & Brooke Garber Neidich, Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, The New York State Council On The Arts, The New York State Urban Development Corporation, Lyndon L. Olson Jr., Dennis Oppenheim (in memoriam), Joël-André Ornstein & Gabriella Maione Ornstein, Maren Otto, Michael Otto, The Overbrook Foundation, The Park Avenue Charitable Fund, Laura Pels, Richard & Lisa Perry, Maria Pessino, Campion & Tatiana Platt, Madame Claude Pompidou, The Prince Claus Fund, D