Monday, April 20, 2009


call for proposals

The Watermill Center - Laboratory for Performance
Fall & Spring Residencies
2009 - 2010

Application due date:
May 31, 2009

Watermill, a "laboratory for performance" that supports the development of experimental and cross-disciplinary artistic practices is pleased to announce a call for proposals for the Fall 2009- Spring 2010 Residencies.

Watermill invites emerging artists to submit ambitious proposals for the creation of collaborative works which critically investigate, challenge, and extend the existing norms of performance practice. Watermill also welcomes research proposals from established scholars. Watermill is actively engaged in raising its international profile and extending its network of associates and encourages proposals from artists based outside the US.

The Watermill Center uses Slideroom to gather proposals and work samples for its residency program.

All proposals must be submitted via our online system at There are no exceptions.

Complete guidelines and site plans are available for viewing at right.

The Watermill Center was founded in 1992 by its Artistic Director Robert Wilson as an international, multi-disciplinary center for studies in the arts and humanities. For the past 16 years, the Watermill Center has been home to an International Summer Program led by Robert Wilson, focusing on new projects that he is developing in all areas of the arts. With the opening of its new building in 2006, the Center became a year-round performing arts laboratory for emerging artists. Expanded programs in the Spring and Fall include workshops and classes, artist residencies, conferences and lectures, and a variety of local and international educational partnership programs. Watermill collaborates with institutions such as Park Avenue Armory, Kampnagel Hamburg, CUNY Martin E. Segal Theater Center, Taipei Cultural Center, Chez Bushwick and Radialsystem Berlin.

The Center seamlessly combines performance and rehearsal sites with working and communal living spaces. Its flexible and multi-purpose interiors house informal performance halls, the Watermill Art Collection, a selection of Robert Wilson's own furniture designs, an extensive reference library, kitchen facilities and dormitory. The Center is situated on six-acres of wooded and landscaped grounds.

As part of the Center's outreach program, residents are required to conduct a public such as a master class, open rehearsal, or a workshop for schools or other local groups. Concurrent with the residencies, Watermill Center staff conduct tours of the facilities, grounds and collection, as well as educational programs for visiting students.

An International Selection Committee convenes in mid-July to review proposals. The Selection Committee includes prominent artists, scholars, and arts professionals. Proposals will be evaluated on the basis on the artistic quality of the submitted work samples as well as the quality and incisiveness of the proposal narrative.

Marina Abramovic, Performance Artist (Serbia)
Marie-Claude Beaud, Curator and Director of the Musée d'Art Modèrne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxemburg)
Jonathan Safran Foer, Writer (US)
Alanna Heiss, Founding Director, P.S. 1 (US)
Jürgen Kluge, Director, McKinsey and Company, Inc. (Germany)
Xavier Le Roy, Choreographer and Performer (France)
Albert Maysles, Film maker (US)
Michael Morris, Co-Director, Artngel, and Director, Cultural Industry (UK)
Gérard Mortier, General Manager of the Opéra de Paris (Belgium)
Ida Nicolaisen, Anthropologist and President of the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous
Issues (Denmark)
John Rockwell, Journalist (US)
Christoph Schlingensief, Film Maker, Visual Artist and Theater and Opera Director (Germany)
Richard Sennett, Sociologist and Cultural Critic, New York University & London School of Economics (US)
Nike Wagner, Artistic Director, Kunstfest Weimar (Germany)

Sherry Dobbin
Watermill Program Director
+1 631 726 4628