1993 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDS

INA KOZEL, OAKLAND, CA
Host Country: Lithuania
$5,000 to allow textile artist Ina Kozel to create and install a ceremonial fabric artwork for the centennial jubilee of the restored St. Michael Archangel Church in Kaunas, Lithuania with collaborators Ricardas Mikutavicius, Vida Zamalyte, and a team of artisan/designers. The newly renovated cathedral has become a symbol of the restoration of Lithuanian cultural independence and Mikutavicius, church rector, poet and cultural leader, plans the church as a showplace for the arts. Kozel’s work will be hand-painted silk composition involving liturgical vestments, and architectural silk structures conveying images of death and rebirth. As part of this project, Kozel will train local artisans in silk-dyeing techniques, and will help set in place a permanent workshop for the production of textile art and design in Kaunas.  

PAVEL VACURA, BROOKLYN, NY
Host Country: Czech Republic
$5,000 to support Pavel Vancura’s research and design development for a social housing project for the Romani Civic Initiative in Prague, Czech Republic. Architects Vancura and Christopher Stienon traveled to Prague to research lifestyles and housing needs for the transient Romani community. They will follow up with a visit in the spring of 1994 to coordinate a charrette workshop with students and professors from collaborative design solutions in urban planning and housing for Romani community members. A publication will document the guidelines, process and results of the charette for the wider design community.

MARK HAIM, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Poland
$3,000 to support Mark Haim in a 4-week residency at the Silesian Dance Theatre in Bytom, Poland. Haim created new work for the Theater’s repertory, taught daily company dance classes, and held a workshop in modern dance attended Polish dancers and choreographers from across the country. Haim also held a talk entitled Perspectives of the American Contemporary dance and presented videos of the work of several American choreographers.

CAROLYN KRUEGER, LOS ANGELES, CA
Host Country: Uzbekistan
$2,500 to support Carolyn Krueger, AVAZ International Dance Theater choreographer, to travel to Uzbekistan to collaborate with dancer/choreographer Vilayat Akilova to research and document Uzbek and Tajik dance. AVAZ, the leading presenter of Central Asian dance in the US will utilize Krueger’s research to both help preserve classic dance traditions, and bring them to American audiences.  

BILL YOUNG, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Slovakia
$3,000 to support choreographer Bill Young in a 4-week creative residency in Bratislava, Slovakia. Young and a member of his company collaborated with the Audio Dance Group on anew dance piece. The piece was performed for the public in the 15th century courtyard of the Old Town Hall. Young also organized several improvisations sessions open to all the dancers in the local community. This project furthers Young’s ongoing commitment to building dialogue and exchange between dancers, choreographers and dance presenters in Bratislava and the US.

JOAN JONAS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Poland
$5,000 to enable Joan Jonas to work in Lodz, Poland on anew video/installation project in collaboration with the Lodz Artist’s Museum. The new work, being shot in several different regions of the world, examines the role of the artist in society. Jonas will base the polish section of the work on material gained from interviewing theater artists in Lodz, Warsaw and Krakow, emphasizing the unique experiences of these actors in a theater that is rapidly changing from the state-run system. She will engage local visual artists, performers and technicians in workshops and will be able to share experiences gained with artists and students in the US.  

MEHRNAZ SAEEDVAFA, CHICAGO, IL
Host Country: Azerbaijan
$3,000 to enable Mehrnaz Saeedvafa to travel to Baku, Azerbaijan to study and document the present situation of Azari women and their cultural traditions. As a member of the Iranian community in the United States, the filmmaker is familiar with the region’s cultural traditions and will explore the construction of women’s roles in the newly independent state. Her collaborator in Azerbaijan is Cumsud Iskanderov, Director of the Kavkaz Information Center. The project will focus on interviews with the women of Baku and outlying rural areas, and will include performances of dance, poetry and theater. The resulting video will provide insights into Azari culture that will be made available to US communities.

NANCY SALZER AND SVETLANA BOYM, CAMBRIDGE, MA
Host Country: Russia
$5,000 to support these filmmakers in the creation of a video documentary about the legendary and mysterious Fannie Kaplan, The Woman Who Shot Lenin. The video will explore the process of myth making in Soviet history. The filmmakers interviewed Russian historians, writers and filmmakers in Moscow and St. Petersburg. They were assisted by the Moscow Kinocenter, the journal Ogonek, and the Documentary Film Studio in St. Petersburg.

WOODY VASULKA, SANTA FE, NM
Host Country: Czech Republic
$5,000 to enable Woody Vasulka to introduce his interactive installation, Theater of Hybryd Automata to the artistic and academic community and public of Brno, Czech Republic through collaboration with the Brno Polytechnic Institute. The project engages Vasulka’s considerable expertise in digital technologies to create a permanent exhibit/electronic stage with the capacity to interactively compose multimedia events at the Institute. Vasulka also gave a series of seminars at Brno Polytechnic dealing with the history of electronic art.  

DACE APERANS, BEDFORD, NY
Host Country: Latvia
$1,500 to support composer Dace Aperans in a creative residency in Riga, Latvia, to collaborate on an original orchestral score for a modern ballet based on the life of Edith Piaf. Ms. Aperans worked with Mara Kimele, director and librettist, and Zita Errsa, prima ballerina at the Latvian National Ballet Company. Latvian-American choreographer Dace Dindonis was invited to choreograph the ballet.

GEORGE ARASIMOWICZ, LAKEWOOD, CO
Host Country: Poland
$3,000 to support collaborative creation and public performances of new works by George Arasimowicz and Polish composer Wlodzimerz Kotonski. A series of electro-acoustic music diffusion performances will take place in the central old town squares of Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk. The performances entitled “Peope Come…(Listen)…Here” will utilize narrative sounds and voices of the Polish people and Polish environment and will broadcast on Polish radio and television. In addition, Arasimovicz will present lectures on his research innovations in digital signal processing applications fro music to the Polish lectures on his research innovations in digital signal processing application for music to the Polish Association of Composers and students of the music academies in Warsaw, Krakow and Gdansk.  

BRAVE OLD WORLD, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Hungary
$3,750 to enable Brave Old World, a leading ensemble in the revival of Klezmer music, to undertake a two-week artistic collaboration in Budapest with Muzsikas, a leading ensemble which performs traditional Hungarian music. The two ensembles will develop a shared repertoire of traditional and original material, and the project will culminate in a public concert performance.

DINU D. GHEZZO, HOLLISWOOD, NY
Host Country: Romania
$3,250 to enable dr. Dinu Ghezzo, to travel to Romania to direct, “Days of Romania-American Music”, in Constanta, Romania. The 8-day event brought together American and Romanian composers, conductors, performers and educators for concerts, lectures and master-classes. Three other US music specialists joined Ghezzo to lead workshops and participate in performances: Rodney Miller, soloist with the Lyric Theatre Consort, Marta Ghezzo, Coordinator of the Ear Training Program at Kingsborough College; and Ron Mazurek, composer and Vice President of the Guild of Composers of NJ.  

ORCHESTRA 2001, EXTON, PA
Host Country: Russia
$3,000 to enable James Freeman, Director of Orchestra 2001, and choreographer Sharon Friedler to travel to Moscow to participate in an ongoing collaboration between Orchestra 2001 and the Moscow Conservatory. Orchestra 2001 gave 3 concerts in Moscow: one devoted entirely to the work of George Crumb, who accompanied the group to Moscow; and two featuring recent works by Philadelphia composers.

ANDY TEIRSTEIN, SCHENEVUS, NY
Host: Country: Bulgaria, Romania
$1,500 to support field research by new music composer Andy Teirstein in Bulgaria and Romania. Teirstein traveled throughout this region researching traditional music. This research will inform Teirnstein’s composition of a new viola concerto for the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra.  

APPALSHOP, INC. WHITESBURG, KY
Host Country: Czech Republic
$4,000 to support an ongoing cultural exchange between Appalachian and Czech theatre artists, media artists and musicians developed by Appalshop Cultural Center in Whitesburg, KY and the Centre for Experimental Theatre in Brno, Czech Republic. Artists involved in the exchange included four members of Appalshop’s Roadside Theatre, videographer Mimi Pickering, and musician/radio producer Rich Kirby. The U.S. and Czech artists held workshops and lectures, gave joint theater and music performances and developed future projects.

ERIC BASS, PUTNEY, VT
Host Country: Poland
$3,500 to enable Eric Bass to undertake a staging of his play, In Grandmother’s Purse, with theater Arlekin, a puppet theater in Lodz, Poland. The work focuses o parent-child relationships and American-Eastern European family traditions, and is aimed at audiences of children and adults. Bass worked with Polish actors and set designers to stage the piece.

CECIL MACKINNON, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary
$2,000 to enable Cecil MacKinnon, Theater Director and Ringmaster of Circus Flora, to travel to Hungary, Czech repubcli and Slovakia to observe and consult with Eastern European circuses.

HARVEY SEITFER, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Russia
$4,000 to support director Harvey Seifter, and playwright Marina Schron, as they lead a series of workshops in St. Petersburg, Russia, with leading Russian actors from several experimental companies, to develop a new theater piece entitled Icons and Iconoclasts. A subsequent phase of this project will include a series of similar workshops held in the US, involving performers from St. Petersburg and the United States in the completion of the work. The resulting mixed Russian-American troupe will perform the piece in both countries.  

ELISE THORON, WOODBRIDGE, CT
Host Country: Russia
$4,000 to support .Elise Thoron in a series of residencies to create and direct a Russian language production of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline at the Pushkin Theatre in Moscow. Part of a long term Russian-American artistic collaboration, Thoron’s production will involve an ensemble of eight young actors, recent graduates from the Moscow Art Theater School, who are new members of the Pushkin Theatre’s company. Over the next two years, Ms. Thoron will travel to Russia for short-term residencies during which she will work with Yuri Yermyin, Artistic Director of the Pushkin to adapt translations, train and rehearse the ensemble, and develop a full-scale production which will premiere at a public venue in Kolomeskoe park. The production will become part of the repertory of the Pushkin Theatre and will be brought to American audiences.

YARA ARTS GROUP, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Ukraine
$5,000 to provide support for members of the Yara Arts Group to collaborate with the Lviv Young Theatre in Ukraine on developing a new bilingual production of Forest Song. Ina 4-week residency, the two companies will develop and rehearse the work, an allegorical examination of communication across societal barriers. The production will be performed at the Kurbas Theater in Lviv and at La Mama in NY.  

VITO ACCONCI, BROOKLYN NY
Host Country: Russia
$4,100 to enable Vito Acconci to travel to Moscow, where, under the auspices of the Tsaritsino Museum, he will work with a group of Russian artists to create a public installation of one of his pieces. Upon completion of the project, Acconci will lecture at the Duke University Museum of Art where he will discuss his Russian collaboration with students, faculty, and the general public.  

ART ATTACK INTERNATIONAL, INC. NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Czech Republic
$3,000 to enable Lynn McCary and three Art Attack artists, in collaboration with Czech artists Ales Hynek and Jitka Anlaufova, to create an outdoor public-site installation in Prague, Czech Republic. In their previous collaborative work outside the US, Art Attack has developed a total immersion on-site style that incorporates the general public as well as local artists. The artists gave a public lecture at the Academy of Applied Art in Prague. Documentation of this collaboration provided material for a lecture to the arts community in Baltimore, MD and Arlington, VA.  

SYLVIA DE SWAN, UTICA, NY
Host Country: Romania
$2,500 to support a two-month residency for photographer Sylvia de Swan in Romania to develop her project Return, an exploration of cultural identity and personal history. While in Romania, she worked with artists from the University Photo Club in Cluj-Napoca, gave slide presentations of her work, and explored her own past as a refugee fleeing Romania in 1945. Through her work, de Swaan hopes to open a forum about the cultural “lenses” that color our perception of ourselves and of others.  

ALLEN FRAME, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Hungary
$3,150 to support photographers Allen Frame and Frank Franca in bringing their collaborative slide show electric Blanket, to Budapest, Hungary. The show represents artists of an international scope and focuses on AIDS, incorporating photography and AIDS statistics. The show was represented at The Merlin Theater, Tilosz Az A jazz/music club and at the Toldi Cinema as part of the closing event of MELEG, The First Hungarian Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Electric Blanket was also the subject of a short documentary on Hungarian television broadcast on World AIDS Day. While in Budapest, Frame and Franca researched the work of Hungarian photographers to include in the show.

JEFFREY A. WOLIN, BLOOMINGTON, IN
Host Country: Czech Republic
$2,500 to enable Jeffrey Wolin to travel to Prague, Czech Republic, to continue work on a photographic project portraying holocaust survivors. Wolin worked with Czech photographer Pavel Banka. They traveled to the former concentration camp at Terezin and interviewed holocaust survivors still living in the region. Wolin also gave a slide presentation to the Czech photography community at FAMU, Prague’s leading photography and film school.