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 Donohue, Assistant Professor of Dance at Hunter College
Charmaine Warren, Dance Director/Lead Curator