Petronio Residency Center Names Its First Choreographers



Nora Chipaumire, center, in her work “portrait of myself as my father” in 2016. She is among the three inaugural fellows at the Petronio Residency Center, which is scheduled to open in July. Credit Gennadi Novash

The Stephen Petronio Company’s dance residency center in the Catskill Mountains, in upstate New York, will open in July with its debut class of choreographers: Nora Chipaumire, Will Rawls and Kathy Westwater.

They are to receive fully funded residencies — including a travel stipend, a rarity for prizes like this — for a week each at the Petronio Residency Center, at the 175-acre Crow’s Nest in Round Top, purchased by Mr. Petronio’s company in 2016.

“The Petronio Residency Center is a retreat in which to study, work and experiment while cut loose from the overbearing pressures inherent in a choreographer’s day-to-day living,” Mr. Petronio said in a statement.

Ms. Chipaumire, who was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in New York, is a choreographer and performer whose work taps into her African identity, like her 2016 dance “portrait of myself as my father.” [Read our review of the work’s premiere.]

Mr. Rawls has collaborated with artists like Marina Abramovic, Jérôme Bel and Maria Hassabi, and recently worked with the poet Claudia Rankine for “What Remains,” which explored surveillance and black experience.

This is the second residency in 2018 so far for Ms. Westwater, who had a Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography residency for a work to have its premiere in 2019 at the Lumberyard, another new dance center in the Hudson Valley that is set to open this year.

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