Dance Residencies at The Pocantico Center to Begin This Spring

  • Anna Bass and Monica Bill Barnes in Luster. Photo © Mallory Rosenthal.
  • Ballet Hispanico dancers in Nacho Duato's Jardi Tancat. Photo © Jeaux McCormick.

Ballet Hispanico of New York and the Monica Bill Barnes and Company will partake in the Rockefeller Brothers Fund's first dance residencies as part of the Pocantico Arts Collaborative this spring. Earlier this month, grants were awarded to each organization to develop new works as part of their residencies at The Pocantico Center.

In May, Ballet Hispanico's artistic director and six dancers will spend a week at The Pocantico Center, to research and create a work to be performed during its 2014 season at the Joyce Theater. They also will develop an educational program for the Pocantico Hills' public schools. Ballet Hispanico will return on August 13, 2013, to perform its work in progress as part of Pocantico's summer performance season.

Artists from the Monica Bill Barnes and Company will spend one week at The Pocantico Center in July to develop a collaboration between the Company and Ira Glass, of National Public Radio's This American Life. The idea combines a news story about female gang violence with dance. The Company also will hold a performance at The Pocantico Center on July 29, 2013.

The goal of the Pocantico Arts Collaborative is to provide artists time and space for aesthetic exploration and opportunities for nurturing artistic imagination. Artists can then produce arts experiences that share the creative process with the public through on-site performances, readings, exhibits, and various artist interactions.  Support to both of these organizations advances the goal of the Charles E. Culpeper Arts and Culture grants that bolster the creative process by assisting artists, providing infrastructure to sustain the artistic life, and offering artists additional opportunities to develop skills that complement their creative talents.


About The Pocantico Center

The Pocantico Center is a venue for conferences and meetings on critical issues related to the Fund’s mission. It also serves as a community resource and offers public access through a visitation program, lectures, and cultural events, as well as support to artists and arts organizations in the greater New York City area. Located 20 miles north of Manhattan in the Pocantico Historic Area, The Pocantico Center is managed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of its agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.