The Petronio Residency Center is rooted in the creative strength, possibilities, and imagination of dance artists in a network of support.

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’s specialized staff includes Marya Warshaw, as Director, and Nito Calvo, as Facilities Manager.

To take a virtual tour of the Residency Center, click HERE.

“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

This residency has been way beyond my expectations. It’s remarkably quiet here. It’s amazing.

The uniqueness of a residency experience takes a working process to a whole other level.

I perceive myself in this space as more human… non-utilitarian spaces are conducive to creative thinking.

Meet marjani, our 2019 awarded residency artist

Marjani 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. Marjani was nominated by a group of presenters, funders, and curators and then selected by a separate panel of established artists. The nominators were Christy Bolingbroke, Moira Brennan, Duke Dang, Gina Gibney, Walter Jaffee, Stanford Makishi, Christopher K. Morgan, Georgiana Pickett, Michelle Ramos, Ben Rodriguez-Cubeñas, Charles Santos, Pamela Tatge, and Janet Wong. The selection panel included Yoshiko Chuma, Stephen Petronio, and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

Marjani Forté-Saunders

2019 Nina Matis Awardee

Marjani Forté-Saunders (@marjaniforte_works) is a Mother, choreographer, performer, collaborative artist, community organizer, and most recently a 2-time Bessie award winning choreographer and performer for her latest work, Memoirs of a…Unicorn. Anchored in a steady collaboration with partner and composer Everett Asis Saunders (New Music USA Awardee), the duo have produced seven award-winning works over the last 10 yrs. The current work in development, A Prophet’s Tale, is the work of collaborative music and dance duo Everett Saunders & Marjani Forté-Saunders, now operating bi-coastally (Pasadena, CA and New York, NY). As students and descendants of the Black Arts Movement (1965-1975 approx.), the duo identify as radical experimenters in contemporary music and dance forms.
Photo courtesy of American Realness

partnership residency program

PRC has also created a Partnership Residency Program, initiated to bring together two or more presenters/producers to pool resources in support of artist residencies, expanding the opportunities for artists to create work upstate. These artists will also enjoy lodging, meals, and necessary space to conduct their research for one week.

kayla farrish/decent structures arts

Partnership with Danspace Project, supported by the New York State DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structure Arts Kayla Farrish/Decent Structure Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. Farrish is a NY based director with a vision for intimate storytelling. She’s received three choreographic commissions: Of Bones Dance (2014) and Houses on the Moon Theater Company (2016), and Danspace (2019). She co-choreographed Gods and Accepting Darkness with Nik Owens (2015). She is currently developing The New Frontier as its own film and also stand-alone live production through Keshet Makers Space Experience Residency, Petronio Residency Center, and also premiering at Danspace in Fall 2019. The creative process has grown through the 2019 BAX summer space grant as well.
Photo by Kerime Konur

loni landon dance project

The Dance Lab New York residency is supported by Nina Matis and Alan Gosule, Major Sponsors of the Hudson Valley Dance Festival, benefiting Dancers Responding to AIDS.

Loni Landon is a Dancer, Choreographer, and Movement Consultant based in New York City and received her BFA in Dance from The Julliard School in 2005. She is the Artistic Director of Loni Landon Dance Projects, a New York City-based contemporary dance company that performs original works. LLDP is known for creating lush, innovative movement full of subtle detail and sophistication, while maintaining a highly charged emotional current. Landon’s company has performed at The Joyce Theater, American Dance Institute, Jacob’s Pillow, Bryant Park and Beach Sessions Dance Series. LLDP are committed to upholding the integrity of the movement itself and searching for honest expression, all while shedding the veneer of the performance persona.
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Mr. Frieda’s organic garden, a gift of renowned artist Cindy Sherman in honor of her macaw Mr. Frieda, is now ready for its first season of growing. Designed by Jean-Marc Flack/Hortulus Animae, the garden consists of 24 raised bed industrial boxes in a maze formation. Planted with an array of heirloom vegetables, edible flowers and ornamentals, each box will be finished with sitting benches, inviting residents and guests to interact with the garden: wander, rest, or sit and weed!

Help us with the ongoing maintenance of this pivotal gift by underwriting the cultivation of these beds.

If interested, please email