Petronio Residency Center Announces Record Residences, Winners, and Application Deadlines

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The Petronio Residency Center (PRC) announces its dynamic list of 2021 artist residencies and awards as well as 2022 plans for further artist support. In 2021, the PRC hosted more artist residencies than ever, welcoming more than 80 artists to the Center, and will open applications for additional residency opportunities through its RETREAT & RESTORE program on December 7, 2021 for two residencies in March 2022. Along with his residency program, the Petronio Awards continue, with Jerron Herman named the 2021 winner. In 2022, two Petronio Awards will be awarded and the two 2022 recipients will be announced in March 2022. The PRC also received a donation of 500,000. $ from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) to conserve a 77-acre parcel of land surrounding the PRC, and adjacent to the Catskill Preserve, designating it as a forever wild open space now named the Doris Duke Reserve in Round Top, in the Greene County. This incredible support from the DDCF allows the residency, awards and education programs presented to the PRC to continue to grow and flourish.

Petronio Award
The PRC has announced Jerron Herman as the 2021 Petronio Award. This national nominations award was designed by Stephen Petronio, founder of the Stephen Petronio Company. In 2021, the artists were nominated by a national jury of nine. The selection committee considered artists based on the movement, including those ready for the “next step” in their development; artists eager to explore interdisciplinary collaboration; seasoned artists for whom continued support is important; as well as artists from BIPOC whose voices are necessary to uplift.

2021 Prize winner Jerron Herman and colleagues Joselia Hughes, Candace Feldman and Carolyn Lazard will participate in movement sketches for several projects, including a world premiere in May 2022 at the Abrons Art Center. The residency at the PRC was essential to the accomplishment of this work. In addition to studio work, the group shared that they had evoked black joy in the mountains, repaired a critical view of creating work, and experienced deep healing.

Residential homes
PRC approaches the changing realm of American dance by offering on-site creative residences nestled in its 175-acre haven perched in the Catskill Mountains of Greene County. Residencies provide artists with time for creation, discussion and critical reflection, free from the mandates and responsibilities of daily life and any specific deliverables. This period of research outside of the traditional structure and calendar of artistic creation is crucial to developing surprising and in-depth work, making PRC an important leader in a nationwide network of like-minded partner program residencies. PRC offers a nurturing retreat for many, a place that provokes the creative process.

During the 2020-21 season, PRC presented RETREAT & RESTORE. These residencies helped recognize both the needs of New York artists during COVID-19, as well as a deeper commitment to BIPOC and LGBTQ artists. With the help of the Howard Gilman Foundation and Mertz-Gilmore, PRC was able to provide residencies to a large group of dance artists, including Alicia Bauman-Morales, Cheri Stokes, Dean Moss, Maria Bauman and Nora Alami.

PRC has also provided residencies for Tendayi Kuumba and Greg Purnell in partnership with New York’s Danspace project Jamar Roberts, and creative collaboration for 7 DEADLY SINS (Joshua Bergasse, Justin Vivian Bond, Jeffrey Guimond, Marc Happel and Sara Mearns) thanks to a partnership with Works & Treat. In November 2021, PRC hosted Will Rawls and his company as part of an inaugural residency partnership with the Maggie Alesee Center for Choreography (MANNC).

In April 2022, PRC will host two residencies: RETREAT & RESTORE with Silas Riener and Rashaun Mitchell, and a residency in partnership with Danspace Project for artist Jordan Lloyd.

All the artists selected for the Petronio Prize and the RETREAT & RESTORE residences receive board and lodging; local meals prepared by the chef; spacious accommodations for the award-winning artist and collaborators in a modern 6,500 square foot home; artist’s allowance and travel assistance; 24 hour access to a 2,500 square foot studio; and exclusive access to the entire 172-acre property, including the Doris Duke Preserve in Round Top Greene County.

Education
PRC offers an exciting dance education program led by Marcus McGregor both at public schools in Greene County, NY and through its annual on-site summer crash course. The week-long 2021 program introduced young people to the culture of the world through dance and introduced instructors Elena Mosley, Alicia Bauman-Morales, Johnnie Cruise Mercer and Sujatha Narthanalaya.

Additional assistance
In addition to long-standing funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, support for the programs and operations of the Petronio Residency Center comes from a variety of sources including the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Serena Foundation. , the SHS Foundation, the Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, the Greene County Arts Council and the Bank of Greene County, as well as many generous individual donors.

Stephen Petronio Company was founded in 1984 to support the creative work of modern dance choreographer Stephen Petronio. The incredible milestone of the Company’s 25th anniversary in 2009 inspired Stephen to explore how the SPC could move from a model dance company to a unique choreographer to also integrate and honor the past, present and future in the field of dance through new initiatives (residency programs and staging of important postmodern works). In 2014, the Lineage Initiative, which preserves a legacy of postmodern dance through restoration projects, was launched, and in 2017 the Petronio Residence Center (RPC) open. The Company’s mission has expanded to include the creation and presentation of Petronio’s works alongside heritage initiatives aimed at securing the history and future of the postmodern dance lineage: 1) Stephen Petronio continues to develop and present an original choreography; 2) through the Bloodlines initiative, SPC has re-staged and presented 12 postmodern dance projects and to date commissioned two new solo works from young choreographers; and 3) PRC, located in the Hudson Valley, supports future choreographic invention in the field with artistic residencies as well as educational initiatives.

For over 35 years, Stephen Petronio has perfected a unique movement language that speaks to the intuitive and complex possibilities of the body informed by its changing cultural context. He has collaborated with a wide range of artists in many disciplines during his career and considers the integration of multiple forms fundamental to his creative drive and vision. He continues to create a haven of peace for dancers passionate about the history of contemporary movement and eager for the unknown. Petronio was born in Newark, New Jersey, and received a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he began his first training in improvisation and dance technique. He was greatly influenced by his collaboration with Steve Paxton and was the Principal Male Dancer of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979 to 1986). He went on to build a unique career, receiving many accolades including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, American Choreographer Award, New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award 2015.

Petronio has created over 40 works for his company and has been commissioned by some of the most prestigious modern and ballet companies in the world, including William Forsythe’s Ballet Frankfurt (1987), Deutsche Oper Berlin (1992), Ballet de the Opéra de Lyon (1994), Maggio Danza Florence (1996), Sydney Dance Company (2003, full evening), Norrdans (2006), the Washington Ballet (2007), The Scottish Ballet (2007) and two works for the National Dance Company Wales (2010 and 2013). During his career, Petronio has collaborated with a wide range of artists in many disciplines. Contributors include some of the world’s most talented and provocative artists: composers Valgeir Sigurðsson, Nico Muhly, Rufus Wainwright, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson and Peter Gordon; visual artists Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Anish Kapoor, Donald Baechler and Janine Antoni; fashion designers Narciso Rodriguez, John Bartlett, Benjamin Cho and Leigh Bowery.

Petronio, whose training originated from leading figures of the Judson era, performed Man Walking Down the Side of a Building in 2010 for Trisha Brown Company at the Whitney Museum, and performed his interpretation in 2012 of the Intravenous Lecture by Steve Paxton (1970) in New York, Portland, and at the TEDMED-2012 conference at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC. Petronio received the distinction of being named the first artist in residence at the Joyce Theater from 2012 to 2014. He has been entwined with visual artist Janine Antoni in a number of projects that blur the discipline, including video installation Honey Baby (2013). , created in collaboration with composer Tom Laurie and filmmaker Kirsten Johnson, and most recently Ally, in collaboration with Anna Halprin and Adrian Heathfield, which premiered at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia in the summer of 2016. Petronio and Antoni were the 2017 McCormack artists in residence at Skidmore College, where they showed their installation series, Entangle. Most recently, he was commissioned by The Juilliard School to create a work, #PrayerForNow, about their fourth year students for the New Dances Edition 2019. Petronio’s memoir, Confessions of a Motion Addict, is available at Amazon.com. His latest limited edition book, In absence, features entries from his personal diaries written in quarantine at the Petronio Residence Center, paired with never-before-seen studio and behind-the-scenes photos of Sarah Silver and Grant Friedman.


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