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“Robert Wilson’s 12th Annual Watermill Benefit: Brazil!”

July 30, 2005

7:00 pm

The Watermill Center
Water Mill, South Hampton
New York

Hailed repeatedly as “the best party” in the Hamptons, this gala brings together the worlds of theatre, art, fashion and society in a sophisticated and creative atmosphere. Funds raised during the evening support Watermill programs and the capital campaign for the completion of the permanent building, which will be dedicated on July 15, 2006.
Every summer, the international artists-in-residence program at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center electrifies the Hamptons with talent and energy. Set against an idyllic backdrop of beech trees and open sky the Watermill Center, founded in 1992, is a dynamic idea factory and studio-at-large for artists, performers, and designers from around the world.This year’s artists-in-residence program is dedicated to emerging artists from Brazil including Paula Gabriela, Os Gemelos, Tatiana Grinberg, and Joao Mode. These artists will collaborate with Robert Wilson and 80 program participants from 32 countries to transform the Watermill Center and its grounds into an “Amazon of the Arts” culminating in the 12th Annual Watermill Summer Benefit “BRAZIL” on Saturday, July 30th, 2005.

BRAZIL Benefit co-chairs include: Franz and Bettina Burda, Bob Colacello, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Kim Esteve and Barbara Leary, Richard and Marcia Mishaan, Alexandra Munroe and Robert Rosenkranz, Katharina Otto Bernstein and Nathan Bernstein, Nessia Pope, Katherine and William Rayner, Helen and Timothy Shifter.

BRAZIL Benefit Honorary Chairs include: Brad Pitt, Philip Glass, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, Mira Nair, Jeff Koons, Viktor & Rolf, Sean Penn, Isabella Rossellini, Carlos Miele, James Turrell, Wim Wenders, Jeanne Moreau, Zaha Hadid, David Lynch, Vik Muniz, Lee Radziwill, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alan Cumming, Ron Arad, Marc Jacobs, Paul D. Miller a.k.a DJ Spooky, and Richard Meier.

Enjoy the amazing art installations during a cocktail reception, followed by an elegant seated dinner with live dance music from samba to forro, and … a surprise celebrity guest performer.

A high end Art auction includes 85 paintings, drawings, photos, and sculpture from Enoc Perez to Willem de Kooning. Star auctioneer Simon de Pury will stir up the bids for a live auction of “commissioned portraits” by Annie Leibowitz, Andres Serrano, Jack Pierson, Philip Glass and Robert Wilson.

Vik Muniz has designed limited edition “chocolate” Havaianas flip-flops, a collector’s item to be sold at the event.

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