Watermill & THe Hutto Project

Kate, Khesrau, and Brune. Photo by  Brune Charvin

Kate, Khesrau, and Brune. Photo by Brune Charvin

The Watermill Center rehearsal room: black floors, white walls, and 19th century "Tree of Life" sacrificial posts from Flores. An iconic image from Watermill, and very familiar to Kate, Khesrau, and Brune. Watermill has been an essential part of The Hutto Project story; it's where we met (2015), where this project was developed (2016), and now where we come back together for postproduction (2017). A timeline: 

July 2015: Khesrau BehrozKate Eberstadt and Brune Charvin first meet at The Watermill Center under the direction of Robert Wilson, as participants in the Watermill International Summer Program for emerging artists.

Bonds are strong - after developing what will become The Hutto Project in residence at Watermill, in February 2016 Kate puts together a team for this a six-month journey in Berlin, where she builds another international community revolving around music and performance. 

The Watermill community runs deep; Watermillians help out in the classroom as full time staff, leading guest artist workshops, donating, and spreading the message.

January 2017: Kate Brune and Khesrau come back to the rehearsal room, pictured here, where they spent every morning as Participants in 2015. This time, they've have come back as Artists-in-Residence, working on post-production for The Hutto Project. 

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Update from Day 7: Building a database

A glance at our process in Final Cut archiving Brune's footage.

On Monday, we started going through all of the footage from our classroom and building a digital library.

The past two days, we've completed archiving all footage from March 3rd through March 16th. We are creating a database of objective information for each clip. 

  • Clip #
  • Date
  • Rehearsal #
  • Location
  • All characters
  • Principal characters
  • Class structure (Music lesson, Movement lesson, Snack, etc.) 
  • Specific activity
  • Musical piece performed/practiced/in the background (if any) 
  • Whether translation is necessary (in Farsi, Arabic, Russian, or Kurdish)

Alongside this objective database, we are each taking personal notes. These personal notes are equally important and will be used for reference later on for our creative collaborations to come.

It's been wonderful to revisit two great guest workshops. First, Giovanni Firpo's miming workshop on March 4th was an important day for learning to focus and build a lingua franca as a group.

Secondly, the week that singers from Columbia University's Notes & Keys a cappella group visited our classroom resonates strongly on camera. There are many themes that emerge, but objectively what we see most strongly is the process of building an ensemble. 

In this clip: Cole Hickmann leads Darya in the mirror exercise, March 14th, 2016.

Music: Ice Dance - Danny Elfman
Originally shot by: Brune Charvin

We're back! Touchdown at The Watermill Center!


"Good aaafternooon…!"

A year ago, Kate Eberstadt started a residency at The Watermill Center directed by Robert Wilson, and prepared to launch The Hutto Project, a music & performance education program for children of displaced populations living within an emergency refugee camp in Berlin.

February 2016: rehearsals started. 25 students signed up, between the ages of 3-14 coming from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Moldova, and Palestine. The class was soon joined by documentarian Brune Charvin. A six-month musical journey had begun. A community was formed.

Today, we are coming back together as Artists in Residence at The Watermill Center to review all of the footage that she shot in the classroom. From this, we will create a physical and digital library of footage, images, and documents from The Hutto Project.

Khesrau Behroz, conceptual artist & writer, is joining us Monday. While in residence, the three of us will develop two longer term artistic collaborations from this library, which we'll introduce in a video coming soon.

TL;DR: WE'RE BACK! Videos, photos, and reflections from our classroom coming soon! #spreadlight