1997 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDS

MARIKA BLOSSFELDT & BILL YOUNG, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Estonia

$9,000 to support the creation of dance pieces in collaboration with dancers from the Estonia Ballet and to teach daily technique classes at the theater which will be open to all professional dancers. The new works will premiere at the Opera and Ballet Theater, Tallinn in November 1997 and remain in the repertory of the Estonia Ballet Company.

SHAPIRO & SMITH DANCE COMPANY, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Host Country: Uzbekistan

$10,000 to support Shapiro & Smith dance Company to create Babel, a multidisciplinary dance, theater, and music performance produced with Mark Weil, Uzbek director from Ilkhom Theater in Tashkent; Dmitry Yanov-Yanovsky, Uzbek composer; and Uzbek actors. Performances will take place in New York, NY, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Rechlinghaus, Germany, and in Minneapolis, MN, in the summer of 1997 and 1998.

ROBERT DAVIDSON DANCE CO., SEATTLE, WA
Host Country: Poland

$6,000 to enable Robert Davidson Dance Company to collaborate with Teatr Tanca NEI from Warsaw, Poland to develop dance-aerial works using low-flying trapeze with Skinner Releasing Techniques. The two companies will share their expertise through classes and lecture demonstrations of this form of dance. The new works will be performed at the Small Forms of dance Theater festival in July 1997 in Warsaw.

JOHN HIGH, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Russia

$6,000 to support the production of a comprehensive anthology of contemporary poetry in collaboration with the Russian Academy of Sciences. The specialized editors, translators, and project coordinator will travel to Moscow to participate in a conference with poets and professors of the Russian Academy of Sciences. The conference, third of a series, will be devoted to issues of contemporary Russian and American poetry and will serve as a foundation for work on the book. The primary focus of the book will be on the various forms of non-official poetic culture that emerged in the 1970's and 1980's during perestroika.

DAVID S. MILLS, ROCHESTER, VERMONT
Host Country: Poland

$1,800 to support write David Mills to create a poem and photoessay in collaboration with Polish photographer Pavel Hartman. The artists will conduct interviews and collect poems from Jewish adults who lived through World War II to illuminate the history of the Jewish community. The project will be exhibited in The Artists' Museum in Lodz, Poland in July 1998.

LISA DAVITCH, MINNETONKA, MN
Host Country: Poland

$4,000 to support the creation of an experimental documentary with Polish filmmaker Greg Zglinski about the relationship between the Polish filmmaker Greg Zglinski about the relationship between the Polish actresses, Krystyna Janda and her daughter, Maria Seweryn. Ms. Davitch and Mr. Zglinski will work with a Polish crew and The Lodz Central Film Studio in Lodz to film and edit the documentary.

SHARON GREYTAK, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Russia
$9,000 to support the production of The Resilient Spirit, a documentary film which takes a cross-cultural look at the aspirations and challenges of people living with disabilities. Funds will support Ms. Greytak's collaboration with The Wheeled Mobility Center in Novosibirsk, The Soros Center International Foundation Cultural Initiative, and the West Siberian Documentary Film Studio. Programs in Siberia will include public screenings and discussions of several of her films.

BARBARA HAMMER, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Ukraine

$5,000 to support the creation of a documentary video in collaboration with Ukrainian filmmaker Nelia Pasichnyk. Ms. Hammer and Ms. Pasychnyk will investigate their cultural identities and heritage by traveling to Zbaraz, a town in Western Ukraine where Ms. Hammers' maternal grandparents lived before emigrating to the United States in 1917. The documentary will premiere in the Ukraine in Kiev, Ternopil, Zbaraz, and in the United States in New York City in the summer 1998.

THE CORE ENSEMBLE, LAKE WORTH, FL
Host Country: Russia

$5,000 to support The Core Ensemble's work with Russian composer Yuri Kasparov to create a trio for an instrumental combination of cello, piano, and percussion. The trio has been invited by the Moscow Composers Union to premiere the work at the Moscow Autumn Festival in November 1997. The Core members will participate in discussions, lecture demonstrations, and symposia with Russian composers and performers.

LISA KARRER AND DAVID SIMONS, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Estonia

$9,000 to support the collaboration between composers and performers, Lisa Karrer and David Simons; Estonian photographer Peeter Laurits; the Women's Folk Choir Leiko; and the music group Tunnetusuksus to create a musical and theater performance. As part of the 1997-98 Eesti Concert season, it will be performed in the celebrated thirteenth-century St. Nicholas Church in Tallinn, Estonia, in August 1997.

THOMAS WELLS, COLUMBUS, OH
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$2,500 to support the development of a collaborative electro-acoustical work with composer Vladan Radonavic, Director of Electronic Music Studios in Belgrade. They will create a work based on Serbian folk music using the latest techniques of direct spectral manipulation. The resulting work will be performed in concert in Belgrade and then broadcasted on Radio Belgrade in September 1997.

SHADOW KLAN/THE ACTORS' GANG, LOS ANGELES, CA
Host Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

$7,200 to support a Shadow Klan, an inner-city young adult theater group to work with Mostarski Teatr Mladih, a youth theater in Mostar. In collaborative workshops, the groups will use theater techniques of Brazilian director Augosto Boal's Theater of the Oppressed to investigate common oppressions of warfare as they apply to the youth's lives. The workshops will be presented during the Days of the Youth Theater festival in Monstar in August 1997.

CHARLES HARPER, SEATTLE, WA
Host Country: Czech Republic

$6,000 to support a collaborative theater project between director Charles Harper and Czech designer and scenic artist for Drak Theater, Marek Zakonstelecky. Their work will combine commedia dell arte acting style with puppetry and live music. The collaboration will result in a unique theatrical event that fuses actors, puppetry, music, and visual elements, and will culminate in performances in Drak Theater during the fall of 1997.

7 STAGES THEATER, ATLANTA, GA
Host: Country: Croatia

$4,500 to support 7 Stages Theater's collaboration with Croatian National Theater in Varazdin in the production of Sam Shepard's Buried Child. The project includes a series of workshops on actor preparation and design technology and techniques. The production, to be performed at The Croatian National Theater in May 1998, will be part of the 7 Stages Theater's Survival Arts Project, an ongoing exploration of the roles and responsibility of artists in situations of religious intolerance and racism in the Balkans and in the United States.

BICYCLES TO BOSNIA, HOUSTON, TX
Host Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina

$3,000 to support Bicycles to Bosnia's work with local children from the Mladi Mostar Youth Center in Mostar to create bicycle artworks. In cooperation with artists Tom Kennedy, Shelley Buschur, and Mark Moffett, the children will design and outfit one-hundred bikes for an art parade in August 1997. This project will empower children who have been victims of war through active participation in the creative process and ownership of their own mode of transportation, and it will encourage youth participation in the unification of their community.

PETER FEND, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Yugoslavia

$5,000 to support a continuously evolving installation of Mr. Fend's environmental planning project for the Adriatic Sea and Tivat Bay area. The work executed in collaboration with Yugoslavian architect Jelena Popovic will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb in June 1997, and travel to Warsaw, Budapest, Helsinki, and other East European cities during the winter. Topographical models and scientific data gathered via satellite from the region will be utilized in the construction of the exhibition.


MATTHEW B. GELLER, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Hungary

$5,000 to support a collaborative project between American artist Matthew Geller and Hungarian artist Beata Veszely. They will travel through Hungary to uncover the history of the nineteenth-century wood carvers that created carousel horses. Separate works will be created by each artist and will be exhibited together in the United States during the fall 1997 and then later in Hungary during the Budapest Spring Festival in 1998.

AMY HAUFT, BROOKLYN, NY
Host Country: Poland

$5,000 to support the creation of a site-specific installation at the Wschodnia Gallery in Lodz and Ms. Hauft's participation in the 1997 International Artists' Residency East-South Project at the Artists Museum in Lodz. Constructed with net and wire, Ms. Hauft's piece works with visual and physical perception, optical experience, and the palpable characteristics of light. This collaborative project with the Artists Museum will be exhibited during the culmination of the Museum's Residency program in late July 1997.

CHARLES KRAFFT, SEATTLE, WA
Host Country: Slovenia

$5,000 to support the creation of The Porcelain war Museum, a project consisting of the casting, construction, and decoration of porcelain replicas of authentic pistols and machine guns used in the Balkan wars. Both Bozo Petek, director of Glina, the Ceramic and Pottery Center of Slovenia, and Janez Prijatelj, director of Galerija Anonimus, will collaborate with Mr. Krafft to locate, fabricate, and exhibit the project at exhibition spaces during the fall in 1997.

JERILEA ZAMPEL, NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Poland

$2,000 to support the assemblage and documentation of a crocheted covering for an abandoned Russian military tank in Cytadela Park in Poznan, Poland. Ms. Zempel's project is the first of a series of exhibitions in the outdoor sculpture park coordinated by her collaborator, sculptor Joanna Przybyla. Ms. Zempel will work with students from the Art Academy of Poznan.