The Brooklyn Academy of Music, in what it says is its first formal relationship with a residency partner, will join forces with the budding Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts organization in upstate New York to commission and nurture three new dance works.
David Neumann, Kimberly Bartosik and Kaneza Schaal â artists from New Yorkâs world of downtown dance and theater â were chosen for the partnershipâs first year by Joseph V. Melillo, the Brooklyn Academyâs executive producer and one of the its most prominent and innovative leaders, who announced this year that he would leave the organization at the end of 2018.
The three artists will receive residencies at Lumberyard (formerly known as the American Dance Institute) in Catskill, N.Y., where their new works will have premieres ahead of being included in the Brooklyn Academyâs 2018 Next Wave Festival. The residencies come with a $10,000 development fee, in addition to technical and dramaturgical support, as well as housing, meals and transportation.
âThe opportunities and support provided by Lumberyard will enable three unique artists to fully realize the work they envision, providing ample preparation before bringing their work to BAMâs stage,â Mr. Melillo said in a statement. âWe look forward to a fruitful creative collaboration.â
Lumberyard, which is led by Adrienne Willis, is in the process of developing its new facility in Catskill â a 5,500-square-foot performance space and buildings along the Hudson River that will be used for the groupâs own programming and commercial rentals….