2012 ARTSLINK PROJECTS AWARDEES


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OLIVE BIERINGA
, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

Host Country: Ukraine 

$7,000 To support the participation of BodyCartography Project (Olive Bieringa and Otto Ramstad) in the second PERFORMATIVITY Educational Art Project in Kiev, leading a week-long workshop and creating a performance with local artists based on social behavior and somatic research.


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BLESSED UNREST THEATRE
, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Kosovo 

$9,000 To support the creation of a bilingual play in partnership with Teatri Oda in Prishtina based on the ancient Albanian tradition of the sworn virgin, to be performed in Kosovo, Macedonia and New York City.


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BOND STREET THEATRE, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Afghanistan

$5,000 To support intensive theatrical and administrative training by Bond Street Theatre directors Joanna Sherman, Michael McGuigan and Anna Zastrow for Tahera Hashemi and her Kabul-based company Papyrus Theatre to assist the group in developing and sustaining theater programs in their community, especially for women and girls.


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DOOR DOG MUSIC PRODUCTIONS, SAN FRANCISCO, CA

Host Country: Azerbaijan

$7,500 To support travel by Door Dog artistic director Michael Santoro, music director Jim Santi Owen and musician Imamyar Hasanov to conduct rehearsals and technology trainings for three weeks with Azerbaijani composers, musicians and technology teams in preparation for the world premier of The Opera Project in San Francisco, Taipei and Baku using simultaneous live performances and interactive virtual technology.


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BORIS FISHMAN, NEW YORK, NY

Host Countries: Ukraine 

$5,000 To support the creation of an English-language Ukrainian cookbook including cultural and culinary context in cooperation with the Ivan Honchar Museum and National Center of Folk Culture in Kiev.


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KITKA, OAKLAND, CA

Host Country: Georgia / Turkey 

$5,000 To support a collaboration between Kitka, Turkish Laz singer and writer Refika Kadioglu and Georgian Mingrelian singer and composer Tamar Buadze resulting in a new song cycle, Lullabies for Mothers, Working Women and Wives to be premiered at the 2012 Green Yayla Festival in Laz, Turkey.


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SIERRA ENSEMBLE, RICHMOND, CA

Host Country: Turkey

$7,500 To support world premiere performances of music written for Sierra Ensemble by Turkish composer Tolga Ozdemir at Bilgi University and other venues in Istanbul, and collaborative master classes for professional and student composers and performers.


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CORY TAMLER, BROOKLYN, NY

Host Country: Serbia

$1,825 To support the transformation of an unused courtyard space near the old city center of Belgrade through interactive performances created collaboratively by Tamler and the Serbian art production company Eighty Ten as part of the Belgrade International Theatre Festival. 


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THEATER MITU, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Mongolia 

$7,800 To support Heartpiece, a collaboration between Theater Mitu and renowned Mongolian pop star Nominjin that intersects folk traditions with contemporary manifestations of love. Performances and workshops will take place in Ulaanbaatar, Erdenet, and in Abu Dhabi and New York.