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. This gala brings together the worlds of theater, art, fashion, design and society for an evening that is as stimulating and edgy as it is fun.
The prolific German artist Jonathan Meese (b. 1970) will create a spectacular installation, Marlene Dietrich in Dr. No’s Ludovico-Clinic (Dr. Baby’s Erzland), inside the Watermill Center’s main building, transforming Wilson’s pure design into a fantastic, ever-changing assemblage of cult, kitsch, and historical relics.
The Watermill Center was founded in 1992 by theater and visual artist Robert Wilson to foster research in the arts of the stage, providing young and emerging artists with a unique environment for creation and exploration in theater and all its related art forms, and developing a strong global network transcending age, experience, social, religious and cultural backgrounds. Watermill supports projects that integrate different genres and art forms, break with traditional forms of representation, and develop democratic and cross-cultural approaches.
For the renowned International Summer Program, Robert Wilson invites approximately 80 artists, young as well as established, to participate in intensive workshops developing his work. From September to June, Watermill offers 12 to 15 artist residencies selected by a high-profile committee of practitioners in the arts and humanities. The residencies are complemented by educational programs with schools and other institutions, public events such as open rehearsals and lectures, tours of the building and grounds, and seminars and symposia. We gratefully acknowledge LVMH for their continued generous support of Watermill.