Call for Proposals

Watermill Center Fall & Spring Residencies
55 Washington Street, Gallery 216 Brooklyn,
New York 11201 USA (212) 253-7484

Call for Proposals
Application due date: May 31, 2009

Contact:Sherry Dobbin
Watermill Program Director
+1 (631) 726-4628

Watermill is a "laboratory for performance" which supports the development of experimental and cross-disciplinary artistic practices.
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.

Complete guidelines and site plans are available at:

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.

For more information about Watermill and Robert Wilson, please visit

[Image courtesy Maria Jose Arjona and Gallery Diet (Miami)]

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