Invitation: Respite

Performance Art Seminar with Xaviera Simmons

Xaviera Simmons, Denniston Hill's 2018 Distinguished Performance Artist Award recipient, will lead a workshop/residency during her July tenure that imagines a critical pedagogy of performance art as it relates to narratives of today. Engaging with the mission of Denniston Hill, Simmons seeks 3-5 emerging performance based artist, movement based practitioners, and sound artists for a unique opportunity to share recent and new works to the Denniston Hill Community. All performers should be open to collaboration, experimentation, and the presentation of their own works in a public performance/workshop at Denniston Hill on July 28th, 2:30-5:30 pm.

Selected participants will receive a small stipend of $300, a private room, one home-cooked meal per day, breakfast and lunch supplies to prepare meals, and a $100 travel stipend to cover travel from NYC. There is no fee to apply for or participate in the project.

Please respond by: Friday July 13th or Monday July 16

Denniston Hill’s remote location offers a contemplative and restorative environment in which to work. Staff members make weekly trips to the grocery and supply stores: however, please note that if you would like more freedom to move around you will need to have or rent a car.  Seminar participants will be picked up if arriving by coach bus at the local bus terminal in Monticello, NY.

The Seminar runs July 24 - July 27, with a public performance on Saturday, July 28.

Participants should be available from July 24-29th.

For more information contact : Xaviera Simmons Studio at or


About Denniston Hill

Situated in the Southern Catskills on a 200-acre campus, DH was established on the conviction that it is imperative for artists of all disciplines, backgrounds, and career stages to have time and space for reflection and research. The organization was founded in 2004 by a group of primarily LGBTQ artists, architects, and writers of color. We are an artist-centered interdisciplinary arts organization that fosters an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of contemporary artistic practice. Our mission is guided by the principle that creative and critical voices are important in shaping a just, equitable society.  



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