The Orchard Project will open its doors to the public for the first time ever as it takes up residence in Saratoga Springs, NY, in 2015.
2015 dates: May 26-June 28, 2015
About Saratoga Springs
Saratoga Springs, about 3 hours north of New York City, has reclaimed its title as one of America's premier destination towns, and the Orchard Project could not be more excited to join its thriving arts scene. In its heyday, Saratoga Springs was overrun with tourists looking to take the cure at one of the area’s many natural hot-spring spas—and place a few horse-racing bets on the side. One can still partake of the effervescent waters, but the city is also the summer home of the New York City Ballet, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the famous writer's colony Yaddo, the New York State Writer's Institute, and more. With grand buildings of Beaux-Arts and Colonial Revival styles, sidewalk cafés and benches beside flowerbeds, the town is not only a perfect getaway, but also a wonderful retreat for those lucky enough to visit.
Where the Orchard Project will be
For eight years, the Orchard Project has hosted professional artists and its apprentice program (Core Company) in a idyllic setting that allowed for the building of community and a set of flexible facility resources. This laboratory program, safe from expectations of official showings and presentations, will continue in a section of Saratoga Springs called the East Side, amongst the old Victorian mansions that once housed Skidmore College, the lawns and fields that make up the Saratoga Race Course, and more. We are working with a number of partners, from Uniervsal Preservation Hall to Empire State College to Regent Springs, and have rented a number of large homes for the month, to create our own campus of sorts within this residential neighborhood.
In addition, for the entirety of June, 2015, the Orchard Project will be resident in Universal Preservation Hall, a gorgeous 1871 church that was spared from the wrecker’s ball in 1999 when local residents saved the building one week prior to the start of demolition. Extensive renovations followed, and restored the building‘s main hall (featuring a 45-foot tall ceiling, stained glass windows and a wraparound balcony). Two distinct performance spaces exist within the Hall, and the Orchard Project will present both works-in-progress productions and cabaret-style events in each over the course of the month.