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The Watermill Center Bustles Over Weekend

Two artist residency presentations and a panel discussion offered at avant garde arts center.

The Watermill Center was a busy place last weekend as it held three public events in two days. Two artist-in-residency groups presented operas in progress. The weekend also saw the kick-off of The Watermill Center's first ArteEast artist talk series.

Friday night featured the multimedia pop opera, "The World is Bigger Than You Think." A site-specific opera was presented that will become part of the larger operatic piece. Friday's presentation featured four filmed installments projected onto items from The Watermill Center collection or onto parts of the center. Each  segment featured video of dramatic conversations set to an original soundtrack.

"The World is Bigger Than You Think" is the brainchild of Egill Saebjornsson and Marcia Moraes. They will give another presentation on May 10 at 6 p.m. at the Clocktower Gallery in New York City. It will be broadcast on ArtonAir.org, according to The Watermill Center.

Saturday afternoon saw the launch of the Across Histories artist talk series. The series is presented by ArteEast. The series "explores the economics and cultural capital of residency models, residencies as refuge and alternative models for performance and curatorial work," according to information provided by The Watermill Center. Saturday's topic was Artist Residencies: Residency as Catalyst, featuring a panel of international artists.

Saturday evening's presentation of an opera-in-progress, "Untitled Opera Based on the Story of Milli Vanilli", is being developed by Joe Diebes, Christian Hawkey and David Levine.

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