Summer Program 2011

Summer Program 2011 2017-06-14T19:56:25+00:00


Eric Fischl: discussed the performance used to create his still lifes
Matt Mullican: gave a lecture performance
Susanne Neubauer: lectured about Harald Szeemann’s revolutionary curatorial collaborations
Mark Raizen: discussed Maxwell, Einstein, and a thought experiment


An Evening for Edmund Carpenter


Voluptuous Panic


Einstein on the Beach: Robert Wilson’s and Philip Glass’ legendary Einstein on the Beach will be revived in 2012. This workshop serves to further develop and check the design, prototypes and marketing material as well as discuss technical issues for the world tour produced by Pomegranate Arts.

Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter: Montclair State University Theater is commissioning Robert Wilson in collaboration with Bernice Johnson Reagon, Toshi Reagon, and Jacqueline Woodson to conceive a theatrical-musical play based on the afro-american self taught artist Clementine Hunter to premiere in January 2012.

Art and Science: Insights into Consciousness: The second annual workshop will bering together a new group of high-profile scientists and artists to investigate the nature of creativity and how ideas change our perception of reality and come into consciousness. the workshop will focus on the development of a collaboration between Marina Abramovic and the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill College of Cornell University and the creation of ideas for other collaborations between artists and scientists. This project will be premiered in Moscow in the fall 2011. The workshop is generously supported by the Mortimer D. Sackler Family Foundation. Click HERE to read recent press about this workshop.

Macbeth: In collaboration with Change Performing Arts and the Teatro Comulale di Bologna, Robert Wilson is developing a staging concept for Verdi’s first adaptation of the Shakespeare play to be premiered in Bologna in February 2013.

Lulu: In collaboration with Change Performing Arts and the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples, Robert Wilson is developing a staging concept for Alban Berg’s Lulu based on the Wedekind play by the same name which Wilson directed with great success at the Berliner Ensemble in the spring of 2011. The opera Lulu will premiere in Naples in October 2013

I WAS SITTING ON MY PATIO THIS GUY APPEARED I THOUGHT I WAS HALLUCINATING: Robert Wilson and Lucinda Childs with producer Some Serious Business are working on reviving the legendary 1977 production for the Pacific Time Festival in Los Angeles. It will be premiering at the REDCAT Theater in January 2012.

SHELTER: a site-specific work at Sylvester Manor created and designed by The Watermill Center International Summer Program Participant Artists, curated by Robert Wilson.


Traps: The Museum for African Art are commissioning Robert Wilson in collaboration with curators Enid Schildkrout and Ida Nicolaisen to design an exhibition for traps to open as one of the first exhibitions in the new building on fifth avenue and Central Park north.

Rooftop Garden: After a successful fundraising campaign for the creation of an organic rooftop garden that wil feed participants, artists and residents alike, Robert Wilson will design with participants from the summer program the Watermill Center’s future rooftop garden.

Via Crucis: In collaboration with Bauhaus Weimar, the Hochschule Fuer Musik Franz Liszt in Weimar and the Kunstfest Weimar, seven artists from Watermill and seven art students from Bauhaus Weimar are developing the concept for an exhibition/ performance around Liszt’s music piece ‘Via Crucis’ to be curated by Robert Wilson.

BOZAR, Centre for Fine Arts Brussels: Robert Wilson will develop a new lighting concept for the concert hall at the famous arts venue BOZAR in Brussels as well as a concept for a staged concert to be performed at the BOZAR and then on tour to partner institutions.


Atopos Contemporary Visual Culture (Greece)
Charlie le Mindu (France)
Jakob Oredsson (Sweden)
Alejandro Moreno Jashés (Chile)
Megan Whitmarsh (US)
Matthew Salata (US)

Nazanin Fakoor (Iran)
Peter Coffin (US)
Santiago Taccetti (Argentina)
Katya Grokhovsky (Ukraine / Australia)
Alexander G. Lyle IV (US)
Ryan McNamara (US)
Patricia Dominguez (Chile)

Carlos Soto (US)
Carrie McGrath (Australia)
Celine Barel (France)
Ben Schmidt (Germany)
Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean (US)
Clo’e Floirat (France)
Andressa Bomfin (Brazil)

Andy Gilchrist (US)
Annick Lavalle-Benny (Canada)
Adrian Madlener (Belgium/US)
Christopher Knowles (US)
Zach Simonson (US)
Abdullah al-Awadi (Kuwait)
Vladimir von Arx (Norway)

Click HERE to view images from the 2011 International Summer Program