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This project consists mostly draft footage showing Trisha Brown and her dance company and Robert Wilson during a development workshop for the Watermill project. The dancers follow instructions from Wilson and Brown and experiment with improvisational structures. These take place in and around the building at the Watermill site.

Intended to be a ground-breaking dance/drama for television broadcast, involving director/visual artist Robert Wilson and choreographer Trisha Brown. The script was to have been written by Klaus Kertess. A workshop-style planning session took place at the Watermill complex in Long Island, New York, a former communications lab, which had recently been acquired by Wilson. Hi-8 video documenting these events was created. However, despite some NEA funds, not enough money could be raised to reach the $650,000 budget necessary for its completion. Plans to re-tailor the project to make it more commercially acceptable also failed to raise the necessary funds. The ending of the New Television Workshop in 1993 also helped lead to the project's demise. Raw video footage was never edited. Today, the site is being developed by the Byrd Hoffman Foundation into the Watermill Center, an international center for the development of new artworks. [The Watermill Center opened in July 2006]
Topics
Dance, Dance--Production and direction, Modern dance
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