2002 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDEES
DAVID APPEL, BROOKLYN, NY
Host Country: Lithuania
to support dancer and choreographer David Appel in a two-week residency at Aura Dance Theatre in Kaunas, Lithuania during which he will conduct a series of classes for the local dance community and create a new piece with Aura Dance Company. Prior to the residency, Mr. Appel will participate in the 12th International Festival of Modern Dance in Kaunas.
CATHY YOUNG DANCE, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
Host Country: Russia
to support Dana Holstad and Greg Waletski, members of Cathy Young Dance, to teach classes at Kannon Dance School in St. Petersburg, Russia and to set two of Young’s works on Kannon Dance Company. The works will be performed in St. Petersburg and at the Fifth International Festival of Dance and Movement on the Volga in Yaroslavl, Russia.
VALERIE GREEN, BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, OH
to support a three-month residency at BITEF Theatre in Belgrade, Yugoslavia for dancer and choreographer Valerie Green. She will teach daily technique classes open to the public and work with local dancers to create a new piece which will be performed at BITEF at the end of the residency.
LIZ LERMAN DANCE EXCHANGE, TAKOMA PARK, MD
to support Associate Artistic Director Peter DiMuro and three members of the company to work with Aura Dance Company in Kaunas, Lithuania to create new works and share different approaches to choreography, teaching, and community involvement in dance.
CATHY WEIS, NEW YORK, NY
to support a collaboration between choreographer and video artist Cathy Weis and Legal-Art Center in Sofia, Bulgaria on a new production of The Maids by Jean Genet. Legal-Art is the first independent and first women’s theatre in Bulgaria. Ms. Weis will work with Bulgarian director Desislava Shpatova and Bulgarian actors to create the piece which will incorporate live performance and video. The work will premiere at the 2002 Varna Summer Festival in Varna, Bulgaria.
CABINET MAGAZINE/IMMATERIAL INCORPORATED, BROOKLYN, NY
to support three editors of the art and culture magazine Cabinet to travel to St. Petersburg, Russia to work with the editors of the Russian art and science journal Kabinet. This collaboration will result in a combined issue of the magazines with half of the content initiated by Cabinet and half by Kabinet. The issue, whose theme will be the doppelganger, will be released internationally in December 2002. The editors of both magazines will hold discussions in St. Petersburg that will be open to the public.
KEVIN RICE, WELLFLEET, MA
To support playwright Kevin Rice in a collaboration with the Russian Dramatic Theatre of Yakutsk in the Sakha Republic in Russia. He will stage his adaptation of Ivan Goncharov’s novel Oblomov at the Russian Dramatic Theatre casting both Russian and Sakha actors. Mr. Rice will also give lectures about American theater to drama students and the theater community in Yakutsk.
AMY DENIO, SEATTLE, WA and BETH CUSTER, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Bulgaria
to support a collaboration between U.S. composers and musicians Amy Denio and Beth Custer and the Bulgarian pop-folk music group The Legendary Poptones. The group, which will be joined by Japanese guitarist Kazuhiza Uchihashi, will create new work and perform a series of concerts in Sofia, Bulgaria. They will also make audio recordings of their concerts and produce a CD.
ALEXANDER HURD, CINCINNATI, OH
Host Country: Slovenia
to support a series of recitals, master classes, and lectures on the subject of 20th century American art song by baritone Alexander Hurd in Ljubljana and Maribor, Slovenia. Mr. Hurd will work with Slovenian pianist Mojca Krajnc who will accompany him in the recitals, assist him in his research of Slovenian art song, and introduce him to Slovenian voice teachers and professional singers.
RYAN INGEBRITSEN, CHICAGO, IL
Host Country: Poland
to support a collaboration between U.S. composer Ryan Ingebritsen and Polish playwright Slawomir Shuty to create a multimedia chamber opera based on Disco-Polo music which enjoyed popularity in Poland in the early 1990’s. They will work with a U.S. singer/songwriter and a Polish theater director and tour the piece to several cities in Poland.
KITKA WOMEN'S VOCAL ENSEMBLE, OAKLAND, CA
to support nine vocalists from KITKA to travel to Sofia, Bulgaria to collaborate with choral director Dora Hristova and the Bulgarian folk ensemble Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares. KITKA’s week-long residency will culminate in a joint performance celebrating the Bulgarian choir’s 50th anniversary. KITKA members will also engage in a series of research trips to gather songs and information for a new collaborative work by Dr. Hristova and KITKA.
DENNETTE MCDERMOTT, NATCHITOCHES, LA
to support flutist Dennette McDermott to travel to Bratislava, Slovak Republic to help organize the first Slovak flute convention in collaboration with Slovak flutist Tomas Janosik. The convention will be held at the Academy of Music in Bratislava and will include public performances by guest artists at venues throughout the city. Dr. McDermott will also perform at the convention and give a lecture on prominent U.S. flutists.
QUINTET OF THE AMERICAS, DOUGLASTON, NY
Ukraine and Georgia
to support the members of this ensemble to travel to Kharkov, Ukraine and Tbilisi, Georgia for one-week residencies at Kharkov Secondary Special Music School and the V. Saradjishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory. They will conduct master classes and performance seminars with students and faculty and they will give performances for the general public in both cities. They will also bring scores by North and South American composers to their hosts and collect scores by Georgian and Ukrainian composers to perform in the United States and make available to other U.S. musicians.
ILYA TEMKIN, BLOOMINGTON, IN
Host Country: Russia
to support U.S. folk musician Ilya Temkin to work with Russian musicians and craftsman to study the gusli, one of the oldest Russian musical instruments. The goal of the project is to produce a bi-lingual guide to making and playing the gusli that will remedy the lack of information available about the instrument and increase its popularity. Mr. Temkin will meet with folk music experts in Moscow and Novgorod, Russia. The Gusli Guide will be promoted by the Center for Musical Antiquities in Novgorod. Mr. Temkin will also introduce the gusli to his U.S. audience during his regular concerts and lectures on Russian folklore.
JANE WANG, WATERTOWN, MA
to support musicians Jane Wang and Grant Smith and dancer Liz Roncka to create a new multidisciplinary work with the Hungarian Balvanyos Ensemble. The U.S. artists will travel to Budapest to work with the Hungarian musicians and dancers. In addition to the new work, the group will conduct an improvisational dance/music event and hold a workshop dealing with cross-cultural collaborations. Upon their return to the U.S., the artists will conduct a workshop about their experience in Hungary at Mobius in Boston, MA.
BOND STREET THEATER COALITION, NEW YORK, NY
Host Countries: Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia and Macedonia
to support Bond Street Theatre to travel with Theatre Tsvete of Sofia, Bulgaria, to Theatre Dodona in Pristina, Kosovo, Teatri Petro Marko in Vlore, Albania, Theatre Boemi in Skopje, Macedonia and Dah Theatre in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Bond Street and Tsvete will spend 10 days with each of the four other companies to exchange performance techniques and training processes. The tour will include performances, workshops, and outreach work.
ENDURANCE THEATRE, NEW YORK, NY
to support the Guerrilla Girls on Tour, an anonymous group of women artists dedicated to exposing discrimination against women, to travel to Poland to work with the National Women’s Information Center in Warsaw. The Girls will share their techniques with Polish women theater artists through workshops and they will create a version of the Guerrilla Girls Show incorporating statistics about women in Polish theater.
MARJORIE HAYES, DENTON, TX
Host Country: Poland
to support director Marjorie Hayes in a collaboration with Teatr Wybzyze in Gdansk, Poland to stage the Hauptman/Brecht/Weil play Happy End. Theater workshops will be held at schools, orphanages, and organizations for at-risk youth. Three performances of Happy End will be designed for non-traditional audiences including disadvantaged youth.
LA POCHA NOSTRA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
to support Guillermo Gomez Pena, Juan Ibarra, and Michelle Ceballos in bringing their work Museum of Fetish-ized Identities to Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland. Polish artists will have the opportunity to observe La Pocha Nostra’s performance methods and participate in collaborative performances of Museum of Fetish-ized Identities. La Pocha Nostra will also give a lecture at the local university that will allow students, artists and the general public to learn about the work of U.S. Latinos.
WAXFACTORY, NEW YORK, NY
to support a residency for Ivan Talijancic, co-director of WaxFactory, at the Croatian National Theatre in Split where he will develop and stage a new multidisciplinary performance with Croatian actors and designers. The work will be featured in the Croatian National Theatre’s 2002-2003 season and be maintained in its repertory. The new work will also tour within Croatia and ultimately be presented in the United States.