Applications for the 2015 Festival are now closed.
Accepted Dancers will be notified by June 4, 2015.
2015 DANCE SELECTION COMMITTEE
Arthur Aviles, Bessie Award-winning dancer/choreographer, former company member of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and director of The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance
Noémie Lafrance, acclaimed site-specific Choreographer, Director and Producer, known for her innovative use of public spaces and architecture to stage large-scale performances and films
Sophie Myrtle-Mccourty, originally from Paris, France where she graduated from a translation and interpretation school in the French, English and German languages. After college, Sophie worked in Paris as a freelance translator. She has always enjoyed the performing arts world, particularly dance, which she has practiced as an amateur for many years. Additionally, her sister is a dancer/choreographer in Paris and Sophie has frequently helped her with her administrative work and international booking. In 1998, Sophie moved to NYC and started working for Marlies Yearby first as her personal assistant, then as the administrator of her dance company, Movin’ Spirits Dance Theater. In October 2000, she joined the staff of Pentacle as the Administrator of the Help Desk program. As she also enjoyed booking other artists on the side, Sophie was promoted to join the Pentacle booking department in July 2004. She became the Director of the Department in 2008 and worked with an eclectic roster of six companies until June 2014. Sophie has also served on several panels including Dance Theater Workshop’s Fresh Tracks. She currently sits on the board of Tennessee Presenters.
Celia Ipiotis is the creator, producer, and moderator of the nationally recognized culture series EYE ON DANCE & The Arts and EYE ON THE ARTS. Publicly singled out for her expertise in television and the arts, Ms. Ipiotis has served on university dance faculties, participated on international and national arts selection panels, functioned as advisor for WNET’s “Dance In America Series,” led panels and forums on arts issues and moderated conversations on the artistic process for major cultural institutions. Arts commentary by Ms. Ipiotis appears weekly on “EYE ON THE ARTS” and in print and internet publications.
Ms. Ipiotis began her professional career as a ballet and modern dancer and choreographer. She became intrigued with the creative potential inherent in the mixing of video and dance while completing a BFA in DANCE at Ohio State University and MA in Media Studies at New School for Social Research. The recipient of choreographic fellowships, she performed with the Dayton Ballet, founded and directed the Living Arts Dance Company and held numerous artist-in-residence positions in school districts throughout the United States.
In 1976, Ms. Ipiotis began collaborating with the pioneering videodance artist Jeff Bush.
Charmaine Warren, Dance Director/Lead Curator
ABOUT THE SUMMER FESTIVAL DANCE PROGRAM
The Wassaic Summer Festival runs the first weekend in August, this year July 31 – August 2 and is open to the public. As an artist-run program, The Wassaic Project is proud to have presented art, music, film and dance as part of its annual summer festival for seven years. Dance performers have included Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts, OUI Danse, MBDANCE, Kiran Rajagopalan, Barbara Mahler, Ranardo-Domeico Grays VISIONS Contemporary Ballet, Eva Dean Dance, and Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company to name only a few. Our dance performances sometimes happen inside, among the art installations, but always outside on the deck of the wonderfully refurbished Maxon Mill built in 1950. The Maxon Mill now stands as the focal point of the town, and the deck is our main performance area.
Each year 8 artists are chosen to participate in Dance @ The Wassaic Project. At least 6 early career artists and 2 select artists are nominated by our panel to present their work in this very unique Festival. Artists are selected to perform only once either on Friday evening, Saturday afternoon or mid-morning on Sunday in our open/informal space where audiences come and go throughout the Festival. The audience sits in the round on hay stacks, some chairs, the railing, or the wooden area of the deck.
Artists are invited to present as part of the program only twice so that we are able to welcome other applicants. As you consider applying, do take some time to visit our website so that you can get a feel of the Festival and hopefully give attention to this as you choose the work you will submit. Only those chosen will be contacted. If you were not chosen this year, we sincerely thank you for your interest in Dance @ The Wassaic Project Festival and encourage you to apply in the future.
Our 2015 open call for artists is now closed.
MUSICIANS & FILMAKERS
Our film and music programming is selected by our advisory committees. If you would like to share your work, you can email us information about your film or band to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be in touch if we think your project will fit with our programming. We are unable to respond to every submission.