The Watermill Center Laboratory for Performance Call for Proposals (Lá Fora… 133)

Application due date:
May 31, 2009

The Watermill Center
39 Watermill Towd Road
Water Mill, NY 11976 USA

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.
Sherry Dobbin
Watermill Program Director



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