2004 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDEES

BRENTON CHENG, OAKLAND, CA
Host Country: Russia 
$5,000 to support a collaboration between U.S. dancer Brenton Cheng, Russian dancer Alina Mikhailova and Russian musician Vladimir Volkov to create an original work of scored improvisation. They will present the work at the Russian Improvisation Meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia and the International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga in Yaroslavl, Russia. Cheng will also observe the work of Russian dance companies for possible inclusion in U.S. dance festivals.

DANA TAI SOON BURGESS & COMPANY, WASHINGTON, D.C. 
Host Country: Latvia 
$7,200 to support Company members to travel to Riga, Latvia to participate in a modern dance festival being held by the Latvian National Opera. Burgess will collaborate with a Latvian composer to create a new work for the festival. In addition to performing, Company members will conduct a choreography workshop and dance technique classes open to the public in Riga. The new work will be presented in Washington, D.C. at the Lincoln Theater and at the Kennedy Center.

PETER KALIVAS, JACKSONVILLE, FL
Host Country: Kazakhstan 
$2,500 to support dancer and choreographer Peter Kalivas to conduct contemporary dance classes in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He will also create a new work for local dancers that will premiere at thePink Mane International Dance Festival in Almaty and tour to other cities in Kazakhstan.

SCOTT WELLS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Hungary 
$3,500 to support choreographer Scott Wells to collaborate with the Hungarian dance company Two in One to create a new work uniting performers of different social backgrounds. The work will incorporate extreme sports such as skateboarding and boxing as well related dance forms such as breakdance. Wells will also offer classes in contact improvisation and acrobatics at DanceLab Studio in Budapest, Hungary.

GOAT ISLAND, CHICAGO, IL
Host Country: Croatia 
$5,000 to support the publication of a Reading Companion to accompany this performance group’s new work, When Will the September Roses Bloom? The publication will be created in collaboration with the Croatian performing arts journal Frakcija. Members of Goat Island will travel to Zagreb, Croatia to launch the publication and hold a reading and workshop for local artists. The Reading Companion will be distributed in both the U.S. and Croatia.

LISA SCHLESINGER, IOWA CITY, IA
Host Country: Hungary 
$5,000 to support a collaboration between U.S. playwright Lisa Schlesinger and Hungarian playwright Andras Nagy to teach a four-week playwriting workshop for emerging women playwrights in Budapest, Hungary. Workshops participants will be asked to consider women who have been forgotten or misrepresented in history books and how their stories may be told. Schlesinger and Nagy will also collaborate on the translation of Schlesinger’s play Celestial Bodies into Hungarian.

ADAM KLIPPLE QUARTET, BROOKLYN, NY
Host Country: Uzbekistan 
$9,000 to support the Adam Klipple Quartet to travel to Uzbekistan to collaborate with the Sogdiana Uzbek Chamber Orchestra of National Instruments on new jazz compositions incorporating Uzbek folk music. The Quartet and Chamber Orchestra will perform the new works in Tashkent, Nukus, Samarkand, and Bukhara. The Quartet will also perform the new work at venues throughout the United States and share Uzbek music with U.S. musicians and audiences.

BETH CUSTER, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Host Country: Czech Republic 
$5,000 to support Beth Custer to lead live performances of her original musical scores to 3 silent Czech films: Light Penetrates Darkness from 1931 and 2 contemporary films by young Czech directors. She will perform with an ensemble of Czech musicians at venues in and around Prague. She will also hold a workshop at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Prague in the art of scoring and performing live music to classic silent films.

ARMEN DONELIAN, WEST ORANGE, NJ
Host Country: Armenia 
$3,000 to support pianist and composer Armen Donelian to lead a one-week jazz piano workshop at the Union of Composers in Dilijan, Armenia. Donelian will also consult with the Jazz faculty at Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory on their curriculum and perform with local musicians in concerts and jam sessions.

SAM NEWSOME, BROOKLYN, NYFlipFest logo
Host Country: Romania 
$7,500 to support a collaboration between U.S. musicians Sam Newsome, Derrek Phillips and Brad Jones and Romanian musicians Cristian Soleanu, Lucian Ban and Vlaicu Golcea to create a program of new instrumental works combining Romanian folk music with American jazz. The musicians will hold a series of performances and workshops in Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Iasi, Timisoara and Brasov.

MATTHEW OSTROWSKI and GEORGE CREMASCHI, BROOKLYN, NY
Host Country: Bulgaria 
$4,800 to support Ostrowski and Cremaschi to hold a series of workshops in Sofia, Bulgaria on the use of digital real-time technologies for live performance. The workshops will be hosted by an association of contemporary arts in Sofia and local musicians working in both the acoustic and electronic domains will be invited to participate. The workshops will culminate in a public presentation in which participants can use their new skills in a live situation.

TEA ALAGIC, NEW YORK, NYFlipFest logo
Host Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina 
$8,000 to support the development of a new theater work by U.S. director and performer Tea Alagic in collaboration with the Mostar Youth Theatre in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Alagic will explore how war and reconstruction have influenced the work young artists living in the region and in the Bosnian diaspora. The new work will premiere at the Days of Youth Theatre Festivalin Mostar and be presented at Stanford University in the U.S.

DEBORAH BREVOORT, NORTH BERGEN, NJ 
Host Countries: Czech Republic and Slovak Republic 
$6,500 to support the creation of a new work exploring the role of theater artists in Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution. Playwright Deborah Brevoort and director Pavel Dobrusky will work with 9 Gates Production Company in Prague and Czech scenographer Milan David on the development of the new piece. The completed work will tour the U.S. and Central Europe.

CENTER FOR PUPPETRY ARTS, ATLANTA, GA
Host Country: Slovak Republic 
$10,000 to support artists from the Center for Puppetry Arts to hold workshops in conjunction with theBabkarska Bystrica Puppet Festival in Banska Bystrica, Slovak Republic and to participate in the Festival’s Opening Ceremony. The Center for Puppetry Arts will be the first U.S. participant in the Festival’s 14-year history. Through the workshop, the Center will have the opportunity to share the work of other U.S. theater companies with their Central European colleagues.

DOUBLE EDGE THEATRE, ASHFIELD
Host Countries: Hungary, Poland, and Bulgaria 
$9,000 to support Double Edge Theatre in expanding its Ex-CHANGE project by allowing DET members to travel to Hungary, Poland and Bulgaria to workshop their production of Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita with theater artists in those countries. Ex-CHANGEintegrates international artists into DET’s productions. At the end of each workshop performances will given for the public.

IN PARENTHESES, INC., NEW YORK, NY
Host Country: Ukraine 
$9,000 to support 6 members of In Parentheses theater company to travel to Ukraine to stage a production of In the Solitude of Cotton Fields by Bernard-Marie Koltes at the Hungarian National Theatre in Beregovo, Ukraine. The company will workshop the piece with Ukrainian actors and directors. Rehearsals will be open to professional actors and theater students.