The Petronio
Residency Initiative (PRI)


“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 Initiative addresses the shifting tastes and cultural expectations for the uniquely American field of Modern Dance. The concept is centered upon multi-week, on-site creative residencies in Round Top, New York, offering a fresh model for engaging in choreographic research and development alongside the collaborative arts that so potently affect dance. The Residency Initiative aims to relax dependence on the strained producer/presenter driven system to fund creative activity so encouraged in the past decades. It will serve as a retreat in which to study, work, and play while cut loose from the overbearing pressures inherent in the simultaneous effort of making work and trying to survive in NYC and other urban settings. Residential periods will afford the space to focus intensely on early stages of chosen research and, the Initiative will serve as a gathering place for the local community. The site of PRI will be Crow’s Nest, a 175-acre haven just outside Cairo, perched in Greene County’s Catskill Mountains.

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“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 Whelan

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