Gillian Walsh Residency at Petronio Residency Center

Gillian Walsh. Photo by Res.

Year: 2022-2023
DanceForce Member: Judy Hussie-Taylor
Artist: Gillian Walsh
Community Partner: Petronio Residency Center
Audience: 250
County: Greene

Danspace Project (DSP) proposes a 7-day residency at Petronio Residency Center (PRC) in Greene County, NY, for emerging dance maker Gillian Walsh to develop a new work. Walsh will premiere this new work at DSP in the East Village, Manhattan, NYC sometime in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 for a three-night run, reaching approximately 225 audience members, preceded by a week-long production residency at DSP. The PRC residency will take place at an agreed-upon between July 1 and December 31, 2022, preceding the premiere of Walsh’s new work.

PRC, located in Round Top, NY, in the Catskill Mountains of Greene County, is a burgeoning residency center founded by choreographer Stephen Petronio. DSP and PRC have now established a long-term partnership in connecting artists to residency resources and opportunities–this will be the fifth residency facilitated by the two organizations. These residencies, as well as Walsh’s, reach beyond the walls of the residency center so that Walsh may have the opportunity to interact with the local community, likely hosting a workshop and/or public talk. The goal, assuming an in-person gathering is safe in terms of the ongoing pandemic, is to reach approximately 25 people through the event.

Gillian Walsh is an artist and performer from Brooklyn, NY, whose work was first presented at DSP in 2017. She produces long, meditative, highly formal choreographies, offering a sincere invitation for audiences to experience dance, time, and being together in new ways. In 2021-2022, Walsh was one of four Renewal Residents, having the unique opportunity to participate in a residency program at DSP focused on returning to artistic practice after and amidst dual pandemics in safe, flexible formats. Walsh’s most recent explorations have turned, in her words, “toward mysticism, thinking about God and the materiality of the body as global crises worsen,” informed by theological study and field research in spiritual and holy sites across the country. During her DanceForce-supported residency, she will continue developing a new ballet that considers “grief and new modes of transcendence.” Through our Catskill/Hudson community and dance connections we hope to find a religious congregation or spiritual group who will participate in Walsh’s community outreach workshop or discussion(s).

If the member allocations are significantly lower than projected, DSP will find other funding so that the partnership residency with PRC can still be undertaken. DSP will continue with providing a one-week production residency at DSP preceding the premiere, and the full run in the spring of 2021 as planned.