“As diminishing delivery systems and other economic constraints affect the research, development, and performance of this singularly fragile form, I feel called upon as a mature artist to respond. The need for precious research and development opportunities centered upon the field of the moving arts in America is urgently needed as the financial structures that support this activity disappear before our very eyes.”
— Stephen Petronio
The Petronio Residency Center (PRC) addresses the shifting field of American dance by offering on-site creative residencies nestled within a 175-acre haven perched in Greene County’s Catskill Mountains. Residencies allow artists time for creation, discussion, and critical thinking, free from the mandates and responsibilities of daily life and any specific deliverables. This period of research outside of the traditional structure and timeline of art-making is crucial to developing work of surprise and depth, making PRC an important leader in a national residency network of like-minded partner programs. PRC also serves as a gathering place for the local community, affording opportunities for artists to interact with the specific place, and for the local residents to be invited in. The site of the Petronio Residency Center can provide a nurturing retreat for many–a place that provokes the creative process.
PRC is led by Director, David Szlasa, a resident of the Hudson Valley with over 20 years of production and project development experience.
The uniqueness of a residency experience takes a working process to a whole other level. The blending of people, within a space, experiencing a single environment together for a time, with only the simple desire to create something together, puts a spirit and a life force into art like nothing else will.Wendy WhelanCollaborating Artist of Stephen Petronio
This residency has been way beyond my expectations. It’s remarkably quiet here. It’s amazing.Ralph LemonSummer 2017 Beta Artist-in-residence
I perceive myself in this space as more human… non-utilitarian spaces are conducive to creative thinking.Jimena PazSummer 2017 Beta Artist-in-residence
Meet the inaugural cohort of artists to receive residencies in Summer 2018
Each artist will receive one-week of exclusive use of the facilities for up to nine individuals, a stipend, and travel assistance. This rare and fully-funded opportunity includes full room, board, and locally-sourced meals prepared by an on-site chef. The recipients of the 2018 residencies were nominated by a group of presenters, funders, and curators and then selected by a separate panel of established artists. The nominators were Sarah Curran, Duke Dang, Tambra Dillon, Gina Gibney, Caleb Hammons, Denise Roberts Hurlin, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Jodee Nimerichter, Stacy Tenenbaum Stark, Pamela Tatge, Laurie Uprichard and Adrienne Willis. The selection panel included Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller, Eiko Otake, and Stephen Petronio.
Born in Mutare, Zimbabwe and based in NYC, Nora Chipaumire uses her choreography to challenge and embrace stereotypes of Africa and the black performing body. Chipaumire most recently received the 2016 Trisha Mckenzie Memorial Award for her impact on the dance community in Zimbabwe. She was also awarded a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grant and a 2015 Doris Duke Artist award. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in 2014-2015, 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts recipient and 2011 United States Artist Ford Fellow. Chipaumire is a three-time New York Dance and Performance (aka “Bessie”) Awardee: in 2008 for her dance-theater work, Chimurenga, in 2007 for her body of work with Urban Bush Women, and in 2014 for the revival of her solo Dark Swan. She was also a MANCC Choreographic Fellow in 2007-2008, 2009, and 2015. Chipaumire was recently honored as the Trisha Mackenzie memorial trophy recipient for her work with Tumbuka dance company, Harare, Zimbabwe . Her touring work, portrait of myself as my father (2016), is commissioned by Peak Performances @ Montclair State University, co-commissioned by MDC Live Arts in partnership with Miami Light Project, Georgia Institute of Technology, 651 ARTS, Dance Center of Columbia College, and company Nora Chipaumire. It is the companion piece to rite riot (2013), a solo rendering of The Rite of Spring, commissioned by FIAF and presented at Crossing The Line festival in New York City and Les Subsistances in France. Chipaumire made her debut as ilm director in 2016 with the short ilm Afro Promo #1 King Lady commissioned by Dance for Film on Location at Montclair State University.
Photo by Antoine Tempe
Will Rawls is a choreographer, writer and performer. His practice engages relationships between language, image, architecture, sound and dance, to explore humanity and social inscription. He frames the dancer within the racialized codes of art space, where systems of technique and power collide and are critically unraveled by the personal. Rawls has shown work at The Chocolate Factory, Danspace Project, ImPulsTanz, MoMA PS1, Performa 15 and Portland Institute of Contemporary Art. He is recipient of a 2017-2018 Guggenheim Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant 2015, the Casinos Austria 2016 Prix Jardin d’Europe, and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency 2017. Rawls has taught and lectured at UC Berkeley, Harvard University, ImPulsTanz, tanzquartier wien, Wesleyan University and Williams College. His writing has been published by Artforum, Triple Canopy, les presses du réel, The Museum of Modern Art, The Hammer Museum, and Danspace Project. As an interpreter and performer, Rawls has worked with Marina Abramovic, Jerome Bel, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Alain Buffard, Maria Hassabi, Xavier Le Roy, Nicholas Leichter, Tino Sehgal, and Shen Wei Dance Arts.
Photo by Luis Rodriguez
Kathy Westwater, the 2017 recipient of the Solange MacArthur Award for New Choreography, has pursued experimental dance forms since 1996. Described by The Brooklyn Rail as “at the limits of the human,” her work responds to contemporary experience and the societal landscape in which it manifests by reimagining the body’s movement potential. Westwater’s latest work will premiere at the Lumberyard in 2019. Her work has also been presented at New York Live Arts, Danspace Project, 92nd Street Y, Joyce SoHo, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Franklin Furnace, Dixon Place, Performance Space 122, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Summer Stages Dance Festival, Reed College, Pratt Institute, Temple University, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. Kathy has received commissions from the Lumberyard, Temple University, New York Live Arts, and Danspace Project; and awards from Foundation for Contemporary Art, Puffin Foundation, Franklin Furnace Fund, Meet the Composer, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the recipient of numerous residencies: Brooklyn Studios for Dance (2017, 2018), Temple University, Djerassi, Movement Research, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation (2010, 2011), iLAND, The Field, Millay Colony, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and Pratt Institute.
Photo by Jae Lee