2010 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDEES

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Eric Salzman and Laila Salins

CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY OPERA, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Latvia 

$5,500 to support a series of concerts performed by the Latvian-American mezzo-soprano Laila Salins and lectures on the history of music theater given by composer Eric Salzman in Riga. Salins will also teach master classes in Sigulda and perform throughout Latvia.

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Replayground, dir. Anna Gaskell

ANNA GASKELL, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Poland 

$6,000 to support, in collaboration with choreographer Jessica Sands, the production of Ballet Blanc, an experimental film and performance by the children of the SOSW Special School in Podgorki, Poland based on their own interpretations of Chopin's music from Les Sylphides.

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Isaac Newton is Our DJ
performed by The Hinterlands

THE HINTERLANDS, MILWAUKEE, WI

Host Country: Kosovo

$8,000 to support a theater workshop for disadvantaged youth, in collaboration with the National Theater of Kosovo, that will explore shared Kosovar mythology with teens from ethnic Albanian, Serbian and Roma communities and will culminate in a street theater performance.

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Tropic of X, by Caridad Svitch,
dir. by Marcy Arlin

IMMIGRANTS' THEATRE PROJECT, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Czech Republic

$7,500 to support research in Prague for a play that will incorporate the oral histories of Vietnamese immigrants in the US and the Czech Republic. It will be written as a collaboration between an Asian American and a Czech playwright and will be performed in the US and the Czech Republic.

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David Lang
Photo by Peter Serling

DAVID LANG, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Latvia 

$4,000 to support the participation of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang in the Dundagas Workshop in rural Latvia. He will perform, teach master classes and organize rehearsals of his works for young composers from Eastern Europe.

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Ledoh

LEDOH, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Host Country: Georgia 

$6,500 to support participation in Artisterium 2010 for which Ledoh and video artist Perry Hallinan will develop a site-specific Butoh dance and environmental video piece that will examine the tension of a nation in development and the power of the Georgian landscape.

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Chico MacMurtrie

FRANCISCO MACMURTRIE, BROOKLYN, NY

Host Country: Macedonia

$7,000 to support a traveling robot-building and performance workshop for underserved youth in the Balkans, which will begin at the Euro-Balkan Institute in Macedonia. The workshops will stress the creative potential of combining technology and science, social practice and performance art.

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Lucian Ban and Sam Newsome
Photo by Melanie Einzig

SAM NEWSOME, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Romania

$7,000 to support the creation of the Romanian-American Jazz Orchestra, in collaboration with Lucian Ban and US and Romanian jazz musicians. The group will premiere in Bucharest and will perform and teach master classes throughout Romania. 

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Weddings and Beheadings
dir. by Pavel Zustiak

PALISSIMO, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Slovak Republic 

$6,500 to support the residencies of choreographer Pavel Zustiak and composer Christian Frederickson at Stanica Zilina Cultural Arts Center where they will develop an original dance piece with Slovak dancer Jaroslav Vinarsky that will premeire at La MaMa, E.T.C.

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Michelle Tea

MICHELLE TEA, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Host Country: Poland

$6,000 to support a series of literary readings, workshops and lectures, in collaboration with Polish poet and translator Ania Czerwinska, that will promote women's literature and support LGBT literary communities. Tea will also research Polish mysticism for her novel Mermaid in Chelsea Creek.

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Anne Washburn

ANNE WASHBURN, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Hungary

$3,000 to support Washburn's collaboration with translator Anna Lengyel and Hungarian playwright Peter Karpati on creating a translation and subsequent adaptation of one of Karpati's plays for American audiences.

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GymMystics
performed by Andrew Ward
and Ross Hollencamp
photo by David Papas

SCOTT WELLS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Host Country: Hungary

$6,000 to support the creation of a dance theater piece, in collaboration with Hungarian choreographer Gabor Goda, that will investigate, through contact improvisation, the similarities and differences between customs of male behavior in the US and Hungary.