“The Watermill Center is a catalyst for change,” noted William Wagner, Managing Director of The Watermill Center. “Its mission to support emerging artists, fosters creativity and helps us to express our values and to build bridges between cultures—creating a vibrant arts community in Water Mill that extends far beyond greater Long Island to New York and international communities alike.”
On Saturday, July 25th, The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation will commemorate its 22nd Annual Summer Benefit & Auction: Circus of Stillness… the power over wild beasts. The one-of-a-kind evening will bring together over 1,000 supports from the worlds of art, performance, theater, fashion, design, and society. Past attendees include Lady Gaga, Winona Ryder, Hugh Jackman, Alan Cumming, Nicole Miller, Nanette Lepore, and Lisa Perry.
“I envisioned The Watermill Center as a haven for young and emerging artists, a laboratory for performance—recalling Lewis Carroll’s stories of Alice and Marcel Proust’s epic In Search of Lost Time—offering an alternative to the traditional work space, an alternative to the fast pace of everyday life, different from any reality they have ever known,” said Robert Wilson, Founder/Artistic Director of The Watermill Center.
Circus of Stillness… the power over wild beasts will honor philanthropist Inga Maren Otto. The evening will showcase new works created by over 125 artists from 27 countries, who were picked to participate in the five-week International Summer Program. Guests will also be treated to a new installation by celebrated artist Daniel Arsham, as well as experience adaptations from Knitting Peace, a work performed at the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony by renowned Swedish troupe Cirkus Cirkör.
“I hope that everyone will join us for The 22nd Annual Watermill Summer Benefit & Auction to help foster this global community of change-makers and to honor those who make this day possible,” shared Wagner.
Circus of Stillness… the power over wild beasts kicks off with cocktails, a silent auction and guests touring installations and performances throughout the Center’s eight-and-a-half acre grounds at 6 p.m. A seated dinner, live auction, and performances by Cirkus Cirkör will follow at 8 p.m. The evening concludes with a post-event party and dancing from 10 to 12 p.m.
Tickets begin at $650.
The Watermill Center is located at 39 Watermill Towd Road in Water Mill. For more information, visit www.watermillcenter.org.