Past Artist Residencies
The Artist Residency program was initiated in 2014 to foster creative responses to Manitoga that invoke Russel Wright's legacy of creative experimentation and celebration of place. Resident artists include Melissa McGill, Stephen Talasnik, Flamenco Y Sol, Ben Neill, Todd Reynolds, and Kristyna and Marek Milde.
Past Artist Residencies
The Artist Residency program was initiated in 2014 to foster creative responses to Manitoga that invoke Russel Wright's legacy of creative experimentation and celebration of place.
OctobER 30, 2016 - ANNUAL PERFORMANCE
ben Neill's MANITOGA
Composer Ben Neill returned to Manitoga in 2016 to re-stage the work he premiered here in 2014 for a brass quintet of Alphabet Horns created by artist Carol Szymanski. A sudden rainstorm forced the performance indoors at Dragon Rock. Neill and his musicians met the dramatic weather with grace, producing a surprising and intimate performance of MANITOGA inside the House and on the outdoor terraces.
September 26, 2015 - annual performance
Todd Reynolds / Ben Neill - A Program of Modern Music
Contemporary composer/performer Ben Neill led an ensemble of accomplished musicians in a program of contemporary music produced in response to SANCTUARY by Stephen Talasnik. The performance featured violinist Todd Reynolds playing original works as well as a performance of John Cage's Five - one of the composer's later 'Number Pieces'. The concert concluded in grand style with an ensemble of 12 - 15 players performing a spirited version of Terry Riley's landmark minimalist composition In C.
MAY 1 - NOVEMBER 9, 2015
STEPHEN TALASNIK - SANCTUARY
Artist Stephen Talasnik built a series of floating reed structures in Manitoga's Quarry Pool adjacent to the original home of modernist designer Russel Wright in Garrison New York. Intrigued with skeletal hand built structures, his approach to building is informed by his years of residency and travel in the Far East where he studied the traditions of indigenous hand built systems that employ natural materials.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2014
MELISSA MCGILL / FLAMENCO Y SOL - PALMAS PERFORMANCE
Melissa McGill, a life-long dancer, produced a site-specific live music and dance performance at Manitoga in collaboration with the Flamenco Y Sol dance troupe. The work was performed on the Quarry Pool’s edge with an ensemble of musicians, dancers and singers, exploring their mutual interest in form and space through the traditions of Flamenco – essentially a dialogue with Manitoga’s spirit of place.
JULY 26, 2014
BEN NEILL - PREMIERE OF MANITOGA
Ben Neill, a noted composer, performer and the inventor of the mutantrumpet, composed MANITOGA for brass quintet and electronics, in 2014. The work draws upon influences as varied as the Native American spiritual connection to nature, the region’s Revolutionary War history of battle cries and bugle calls, and Mahler’s use of the horn call as a pastorale.
MAY 2 - NOV 9, 2014
MELISSA MCGILL - PALMAS SOUND INSTALLATION
The PALMAS Sound Installation created by Melissa McGill activated Manitoga’s Quarry Pool and encircling paths. The work takes its name from the improvised, rhythmic clapping that is an integral part - the heartbeat - of Flamenco.
The sculptural installation HOMESCAPE by artists Kristyna and Marek Milde forms an outside lounge environment in Manitoga's Auto Court. Resembling a sofa and a chair, the installation invites visitors to sit down, to rest and to relax.
Photos: PALMAS Performers - Vivian Linares; Ben Neill on the Living Room Terrace - Meredith Heuer; SANCTUARY - Don Pollard; Todd Reynolds - Lynn Lane; HOMESCAPE - Kristyna and Marek Milde