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Lectures @ The Watermill Center


The Watermill Center offers a variety of lectures by leading voices in the arts, sciences, and humanities. Our Summer Lecture Series engages with the local community through intriguing dialogue and creative collaboration across disciplines. Previous speakers have included Dr. Cornel West, Philip Glass, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Marina Abramovic, Daniel Libeskind, Hilton [...]

In Process @ The Watermill Center


In addition to creating and developing their work, artists share their creative process at Watermill with the community through open rehearsals, workshops, and artist talks.  The Center supplements these public gatherings with lectures, seminars, screenings, educational partnerships, internships, and other creative engagements throughout the year. Watermill’s mission is to [...]

Marlene Dietrich in Dr. No’s Ludovico-Clinic (Dr. Baby’s Erzland)


July 26, 2008, 12:00 am Marlene Dietrich in Dr. No’s Ludovico-Clinic (Dr. Baby’s Erzland) The Fifteenth Annual Watermill Summer Benefit & Auction. Beginning at 6pm, the evening will include cocktails, silent and live auction hosted by star auctioneer Simon de Pury, performances, art installations, dinner, special guest performances, and dancing. [...]

The Hutto Project


In residence: January 4 - 30, 2017 The Hutto Project: Next Steps performance Filmmaker Brune Charvin, writer Khesrau Behroz, and composer Kate Eberstadt will come together for postproduction on The Hutto Project, a music and performance education program that took place in an emergency refugee camp in Berlin during [...]

Cleek Schrey


In residence: February 1 - 17, 2017 Fiddle + Electronics composition Fiddler and composer Cleek Schrey experiments for a new work using electronics and his own unique instrument: the Hardanger d’amore, a custom-built violin with 10 strings, 5 of which ring sympathetically beneath the fingerboard. Schrey will futher engage the performance [...]

Gillian Walsh


In residence: February 1 - 17, 2017 choreography Gillian Walsh is an artist and performer from Brooklyn, NY. Working with and against an NYC experimental dance lineage, she produces formalist postdance choreographies. Her recent works include xgzdiiiiiicdiirrwjfffffffff (New York Live Arts), Dance studio life✌️These girls were amazing today! [...]



In residence: February 22 - March 10, 2017 Black Box performance P.L.U.T.O. – an ensemble of stage directors, actors and writers formed in 2015 at Lincoln Center Director's Lab – will produce a live performance piece titled Black Box that creates and communicates a dialogue between their various [...]



In residence: March 15 - March 31, 2017 ALARM (Working Title) performance, visual art, sound, theater During their Watermill residency PHYSICAL PLASTIC – a recently formed LA-based theater project between Kestrel Leah (UK) and Yiannis Christofides (Cyprus) – will collaborate with visual artist Dasha Sur (RU) and choreographer [...]

William Stewart


In residence: March 15 - 31, 2017 visual art During his residency, Stewart plans to develop monoprints that extend on ideas in his watercolor paintings started in Venice. Although he has painted with watercolor previously, these works mark a shift away from the figurative and towards abstraction. The New Mexico–based artist [...]

Carrie Mae Weems


Inga Maren Otto Fellow In residence: April 5 - May 1, 2017 Grace Notes: Reflections for Now visual art Renowned visual artist and 2017 Inga Maren Otto Fellow, Carrie Mae Weems will be refining her song cycle/performance titled Grace Notes: Reflections for Now, which examines the the role of grace [...]

Lotte Nielsen


In residence: April 5 - May 1, 2017 YAOI visual art Lotte Nielsen will continue her video project YAOI, using film footage captured of LGBT Youth in Copenhagen as well as interfacing with the local LGBT community in Water Mill. She will collage together pieces of atmospheric footage with sound [...]

Lexy Ho-Tai


In residence: April 5 - May 1, 2017 KOOKERVILLE performance, design, visual art, costume Costume designer Lexy Ho-Tai will continue to develop her multi-disciplinary and interactive thesis collection KOOKERVILLE for which she was recently named finalist for "Designer of the Year" upon graduating from Parsons School of Design. Exploring ‘clothing as experience,’ [...]

Sebastián Escalona & Josefina Dagorret


In residence: May 3 - 31, 2017 Extinct Rite installation, performance, visual art Sebastián Escalona (visual artist and art director) and Josefina Dagorret (director and performer) will continue the development of  Extinct Rite – a research project that combines different languages of artistic expressions involving landscape, the body, the site-specific [...]

Stacey Goodman


In residence: May 3 - 23, 2017 Dreams, Light & Liberation installation, performance, film, visual art Multi-disciplinary artist Stacey Goodman will focus on connecting the performative and ephemeral aspects of his work Dreams, Light & Liberation, to the video and sculptural components. He will create sculptural objects, video and [...]

Aneta Panek


In residence: May 3 - 31, 2017 Alchemy of Punk (working title) installation, performance, film During her residency at The Watermill Center Aneta Panek is staging  Alchemy of Punk (working title), a punk opera she has been developing over three years within the framework of her artistic PhD at the University [...]



In residence: June 5 - 16, 2017 installation, performance, visual art Serafita Grigoriadou and her male collaborators Stathis Anthanasiou (film & theatre director) and Stavros Gasparatos (Composer) collectively titled BAKIS, will use the highly creative environment at Watermill to develop a performance inspired by J.Berger's phrase "Men act and women [...]

Jeremy Dennis


In residence: June 5 - 16, 2017 On This Site visual art, research Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990) is a visual artist and member of The Shinnecock Indian Nation who will use the web as one of three platforms to preserve and establish an authentic indigenous identity of his tribe which is based [...]

Royce Weatherly


Inga Maren Otto Fellow In residence: September 6 - October 11, 2017 visual art During his five-week residency, 2017 Inga Maren Otto Fellow, Royce Weatherly will work on the final layers of several paintings at once, as each work nears completion in slow, almost invisible increments. The artist looks [...]



In residence: September 6 - 18, 2017 A Bibliography of Romance installation, performance, film, visual art Yao Zhang and collaborator Liang Guo work together under the collective name NoodleRice. While in residence at The Watermill Center, the writing, directing, and designer duo will continue to develop a their image-based performance piece [...]

Lua Rivera


In residence: September 6 - October 11, 2017 Natura Nurtura installation, visual art For Lua Rivera’s Natura Nurtura the artist continues to investigate the nesting processes of birds through the construction of different habitable “Nests.” Her installations will be made with photographs of the hummingbird anatomy and naked human [...]

Lilian Colosso


In residence: September 6 - October 11, 2017 To Embrace the World performance, film, photography During Lilian Colosso’s residency, the visual artist will continue to explore her performance piece To Embrace the World (2016), wherein she embraces trees, rocks, and bushes for extended periods of time (5 to 8 [...]

Carlos Bunga


Inga Maren Otto Fellow In residence: October 18 - November 20, 2017 visual art  Originally trained as a painter, Portuguese artist and 2017 Inga Maren Otto Fellow, Carlos Bunga has been experimenting with the crossover between painting and sculpture for more than a decade. Creating large, site-specific installations Bunga’s work touches [...]

Marianna Kavallieratos & Dom Bouffard


In residence: October 18 - November 20, 2017 performance art While in residence at The Watermill Center choreographer/performer Marianna Kavallieratos and composer/sound-artist Dom Bouffard will develop the intermedia performance work titled DEATH. Incorporating movement, sound, color and real-time digital media, the piece seeks to be a celebration of life, which [...]

Brian O’Mahoney


In residence: November 29 - December 13, 2017 TALK TO ME performance art TALK TO ME by returning resident artist Brian O’Mahoney, is a performance that explores anxieties around communication by establishing new languages based on image and gesture. Nonsensically but seriously investigating interpersonal relations, TALK TO ME is a romp through [...]

Dylan Neely & Alex Nathanson


In residence: November 29 - December 13, 2017 Autocomplete performance, film, music Fan Letters, an audiovisual duo collaboration between composer Dylan Neely and video artist Alex Nathanson – will utilize their residency at The Watermill Center to develop their opera Autocomplete. In preparation for a festival premiere, Nathanson will delve into [...]

Eva Schmidt


In residence: February 29 - March 30 Eva Schmidt, a Culinary Artist in Residence at The Watermill Center, comes from a visual and performing arts background. She has been working as a multidisciplinary artist and performer in New York City for ten years, and for the last four, [...]



In residence: January 4 - 17, 2016 By pushing physical extremes with sensitivity and rigor in dance and musical performance, Matty Davis will create a new work that interrogates the relationship between memory and ‘active forgetting.’ BOOMERANG is a daringly physical, poetically nuanced dance and performance project created in [...]

Sophia Brous, David Coulter, Leo Abrahams


In residence: January 4 - 17, 2016 Australian interdisciplinary performer Sophia Brous will join with British multi-instrumentalists David Coulter and Leo Abrahams to develop Lullaby Movement, a contemporary performance work exploring lullaby ritual from around the world. Originally commissioned by Urbantheatre Projects for the Sydney Festival 2015, the project [...]

Kate Eberstadt


In residence: January 13 - 17, 2016 “When spoken language fails, music emerges as a possibility to bridge seemingly insurmountable gaps. At this moment, I think that potential is worth every conceivable effort to pursue.” In a joint residency at The Watermill Center and The American Academy in Berlin, Kate Eberstadt will form a children's [...]

Temporary Distortion


In residence: January 20 - 31, 2016 Watermill resident Artist Kenneth Collins leads Temporary Distortion in an interactive discussion followed by a performance. During the performance, the audience will be welcome to come and go freely, staying for as long as they wish—situating the project somewhere between the structures [...]

Sahra Motalebi


In residence: February 3 - 21, 2016 Visual artist, composer and vocalist Sahra Motalebi will continue her work on Rendering What Remains, a 40 minute opera that includes multiple staged performances, video, sculpture installations and a novella. While at Watermill, Motalebi will further develop a section of the piece’s [...]

Alan Lucien Øyen


In residence: February 29 - March 27, 2016 Alan Lucien Øyen will begin the second phase of pre-production for a new work with international touring company company winter guests. Performing works by Øyen, winter guests tells stories of the contemporary world with words, video, music, and movement. Alan [...]

7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co.


In residence: February 3 - 21, 2016 Sibyl Kempson's performance company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co., in collaboration with Thomas Riccio, will continue to develop 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, a performance immersion project that will present twelve, one-day performances over a period of [...]

Basco Vazko


In residence: February 29 - March 27, 2016 Emerging Chilean visual artist Basco Vazko premieres a new exhibition mirroring his practice of collage-graffiti. The exhibition creates an assemblage by layering new and old artworks in his infamous pop-punk aesthetic. Basco Vazko was born in Santiago, Chile in 1983. Strongly [...]

Lisa Ross


In residence: February 29 - March 27, 2016 New York City-based visual artist Lisa Ross, in collaboration with China’s renowned Uyghur musician Perhat Khaliq (Paerhati Halike – Pinyin name), traditional Uyghur dancer Mukaddas Mijit, and contemporary Indonesian-American choreographer Indah Walsh will come together for a residency at the [...]

Francesca Fini


In residence: February 29 - March 27, 2016 Francesca Fini will develop La Masca, a site-specific mixed media installation in which she exhibits original masks based on her previous performance experience at Watermill in 2014. Francesca Fini is an Italian interdisciplinary artist mainly focused on new media and performance art. [...]

The company Acción Residente


In residence: March 30 - April 27, 2016 During their residency at The Watermill Center, The company Acción Residente will develop Réplica, "Aftershock," an experiential performance featuring encounters between four random people who transform their relationship through a violent, corporeal language. Acción Residente is a theater and performance [...]

Armando Mariño


In residence: May 2 - 29, 2016 Armando Mariño will continue development of Sweet Dreams, an installation consisting of 20 to 25 hand-painted mattresses. Mariño renders a realistic portrait of notable politicians of the 20th century on each mattress including, Stalin, Milosevic, Malcom X, “Che” Guevara, Castro, Pinochet and [...]

Hans-Jörn Brandenburg


In residence: May 2 - 29, 2016 By creating a catalog of directions and rules, Hans-Jörn Brandenburg directs a theatrical performance without using words to communicate sonic directionality. The research center on the creation of musical restrictions that create, control, start, and/or stop a catalog of movements and spatial arrangements. [...]

Joss Lake


In residence: May 2 - 29, 2016 Joss Lake will continue work on a novel in which the narrator has to learn how to tell his own story, in spite of the seductive tales surrounding him. Drawing from an ongoing journaling process, the novel 2666, gender transition, and the [...]

Netta Yerushalmy


In residence: May 2 - 29, 2016 Netta Yerushalmy will develop a series of dance experiments generated through a systematic deconstruction of landmark modern dance choreographies – performed alongside the contributions of writers, philosophers and historians who situate these iconic works within the larger project of modernity. Netta [...]

Mary Mattingly


In residence: May 30 - June 8, 2016 How can we begin to put the war machine behind us when we aren't allowed to grieve over it, and because of it? Objects can connect us through their histories and the stories they carry with them. When we are [...]

BOTCH Ensemble


In residence: June 1 - 15, 2016 Joe Diebes will continue his work on oyster, the second “broken-word opera” by BOTCH Ensemble. oyster is an installation performance with indeterminate duration. BOTCH Ensemble was formed in 2010 by Joe Diebes to rigorously explore spoken language as a basis for a new [...]

G.T. Pellizzi


In residence: June 1 - 19, 2016 CONSTELLATION IN RED YELLOW AND BLUE is a monumental installation of light sculptures created for The Watermill Center by G.T. Pellizzi. The sculptures are derived from invented cosmologies inspired by the mythological, calendrical, and astronomical symbols found on many textiles in [...]

Rashaun Mitchell and Silas Riener


In residence: June 1 - 19, 2016 Dance artists Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell and film and media artist Charles Atlas will work together on their collaborative project Tesseract including a 3D film, live proscenium performance, and installation for gallery spaces. Dancers David Rafael Botana, Kate Jewett, Cori Kresge, [...]

Noel McKenna


In residence: September 6 - 26, 2016 Noel McKenna will create a series of works relating to the local landscape. He will also study works in the renowned Watermill Collection—a highly personal and eclectic collection of objects ranging widely across many cultures and all continents. Noel McKenna works in [...]

Tori Wrånes


In residence: September 6 - 26, 2016 Tori Wrånes is a vocalist and artist, combining voice and sculpture in the field of performance. Her use of sounds, musical instruments, costumes, props, architecture and sculptures deforms her appearance and creates new dreamlike constellations. It is in this landscape Wrånes [...]

Zeinab Shahidi Marnani


In residence: September 6 - 26, 2016 histories is an experimental video documentary project by Zeinab Shahidi Marnani, in which she conducts a series of interviews with her relatives. She collects contrary narratives of those who claim to know the story about the origin of her last name [...]