Opportunities

DANCE @ WASSAIC

DEADLINE: Friday, May 19, AT 11:59PM

Application HERE

 

The August Wassaic Festival runs the evening of August 11th – 12th and is open to the public. As an artist-run program, The Wassaic Project is proud to be in its tenth year of presenting art, music, film and dance as part of its summer programming. Dance performers have included Chien-Ying Wang, Rowan Willigan, Kyle Marshall, The Space We Make Project, Deborah Lohse, Hannah Garner, Michael Cerwinski, Joe Montelone, and Paula Josa-Jones 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 1954. The Maxon Mill now stands as the focal point of the town, and the deck is our main performance area.

Each year a selection of 10-12 artists are chosen to participate in Dance @ The Wassaic Project. A range of early career and established artists are chosen by our panel to present their work in this unique context. Artists are selected to perform only once either on Friday evening, or Saturday afternoon or evening in our open/informal space where audiences come and go. The audience sits in the round on benches, 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 for the Wassaic Project 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 and encourage you to apply in the future.

 

PAST DANCE SELECTION COMMITTEE MEMBERS INCLUDE:

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.

Earl Mosley, choreographer, teacher, dancer, and the founder/artistic director of Diversity of Dance, Inc.

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.

Julie Tolentino, choreographer creating intimate movement-based installations, including performance, objects, sound and video. Her work has been presented by theaters, galleries, and museums internationally.

Maura Nguyen Donohue, choreographer, installation performance artist, writer, curator, Associate Professor at Hunter College, & Faculty Fellow Roosevelt House Institute of Public Policy, NY Dance & Performance (Bessies) Awards Committee and Board of Movement Research. 

Charmaine Warren, Dance Director/Lead Curator.


Volunteering

We are currently looking for volunteers for our summer programming! First up is the May Festival on May 20th– please submit this form if you are interested in volunteering. Volunteers for the festival are invited to camp for free in the Luther Barn field and will receive a Wassaic Project t-shirt.


MORE ABOUT THE WASSAIC PROJECT

MISSION:

The Wassaic Project uses art and arts education to foster positive social change. We nurture connections between our artists and our neighbors facilitating a mutual broadening of perspectives and respect across economic and cultural boundaries.

VISION:

The Wassaic Project envisions a community in the Hamlet of Wassaic and its surrounding region that is socially inclusive, generous, cooperative, and economically vibrant.  

We engage in a collaborative effort with members of our community to develop programs that are creative, experimental, and accessible across the economic spectrum.

We build local pride and community vitality by an informed sense of the past and a clear, contemporary, innovative and compassionate look toward the future.

We foster the youth in our community and help them realize their full potential.

We aim to be financially stable with a creative staff and multiple partners – nonprofit, public and private.

It is our hope that the work that we do in Wassaic will be shared nation-wide and serve as a toolkit for community revitalization through the arts and the spirit of generosity. Above all else, we honor and respect our community.

 

VALUES:

Take pride.  We are proud of the programs we run, the artists we support and the community in which we live.

It’s better working together.  We nurture partnerships between artists and our community rooted in the belief that collaboration, creativity, flexibility, and accessibility improve the reach and quality of our work and that connecting artists of diverse disciplines and viewers of varying backgrounds inspires new ways of looking at art and the world.

Be generous and respectful.  We live in a diverse community and we celebrate that through our actions and our programs.

Be cool.  We strive to be flexible, transparent, good humored and open minded.

Create things that are wonderful!


The Wassaic Project operates in conjunction with advisory committees for its art, music, dance, film, and writing programs, working with luminaries in each field including Alanna Heiss (MoMA PS1), Lucien Zayan (Invisible Dog), Liliana Greenfield-Sanders (Sundance), and Earl Mosely (Earl Mosely Institute of the Arts).

 

The Wassaic Project Co-Directors are Eve Biddle, Bowie Zunino, and Jeff Barnett-Winsby.