2011 ARTSLINK FELLOWS

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IRENA ČURIK, CROATIA
Host: Yale School of Drama, New Haven, CT

Artist—A playwright, theater director and dramaturg, Čurik is concerned with community awareness and interaction and non-hierarchical processes of making theater.  She is also experimenting with new forms of radio broadcasting, for instance, reporting on a live performance using the conventions of sports games. She explores strategies for the use of radio to offer other options for audience engagement. Her work has been presented widely in Croatia including at the prestigious Eurokaz Festival and on National Croatian Radio. She hopes to become acquainted with experimental theater practices and independent radio stations in the US and have an opportunity to collaborate with artists on a performance or radio show.

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BOJAN DJORDJEV, SERBIA
Host: New York Theatre Workshop, New York, NY

Artist—As a theater director, author and performer, Djordjev feels his most important goal is contributing to the dialogue on important issues in society and he regularly engages with political subjects such as the effects of war on individual lives. Through the TkH (Walking Theory) platform, he is also active in theoretical and educational projects that provide materials and infrastructure for self-organized groups to advance their understanding of and participation in the independent performing arts community. He is a PhD candidate at the University of Arts, Belgrade, and the recipient of several theater awards.  Djordjev is eager to share his experiences with US colleagues and would like to be involved in the development of a production at an independent theater.


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BOGDAN GEORGESCU, ROMANIA
Host: Brown University, Providence, RI

Artist—Georgescu works in all areas of theater, from writing and directing to production, and as a social activist, introducing the practice of community theater through his organization The Offensive Generosity. His method called Active Art strives to activate both individuals and communities to revitalize a sense of mutual support for the common good. His work has been performed throughout Romania and in New York and has also taken place in unorthodox venues including a maximum security prison. He is looking forward to sharing methods of involving communities in theater work with US practitioners and is especially interested in taking part in a project that works in prisons or with at-risk children.

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GOCHMYRAT GUTLYYEV, TURKMENISTAN
Host: Appalshop, Whitesburg, KY

Artist—Gutlyyev collects and performs Turkmen stories as a folktale narrator, writer and blogger. Living in a multinational town that borders Afghanistan, he also investigates the ethnographical aspects of interactions between people of different cultural backgrounds. In his conversational style, he has begun to chronicle stories of Turkmen life and culture in literary form as short stories and essays, and more recently a blog. He hopes to expand his writing into a book-length work and would like to participate in discussions, meetings, classes and other events with US folklorists, writers and bloggers.


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MARTA KEIL, POLAND
Residency deferred to Fall 2012

Arts Manager—An independent performing arts manager, Keil works primarily as curator and coordinator of the East European Performing Arts Platform and the Dramaturgy Forum. In 2010, together with the Avant Art Foundation, she produced two new international productions which premiered at the Avant Art Festival in Wroclaw and created a series of workshops for young curators and performing arts producers. While she has specialized in international projects for the last five years, she has been active exclusively in the EU and is anxious to expand her knowledge of practices in the US. She hopes to meet performing artists and arts managers, observe the structure and management of performing arts centers and participate in the production of a play, festival or international project.

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GUNESH KHODJAKULIEVA, UZBEKISTAN
Host: Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH

Arts Manager—As manager of Eski Masjid theatre-studio, an acclaimed provincial company from Karshi, Khodjakulieva is responsible for fundraising and coordinating international productions, including a joint project with the Japan Foundation. She also oversees the Small Grants Funds at the Swiss Cooperation Office, where she evaluates applications for funding and monitors funded projects. Given the shifting situation of state financing, she is particularly interested in learning about methods of fundraising in the US, but also wants to develop skills in marketing, production management and organization of festivals and conferences through observation of US organizations.


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DÉNES KRUSOVSZKY, HUNGARY
Host: Poets House, New York, NY

Artist—Krusovsky has published over 100 poems in Hungarian literary journals and anthologies and his work has also been published in Bulgarian, Croatian, English, Greek, Serbian and Spanish.He is also a translator of major 20th century poets including John Ashbury, Leonard Cohen, Louise Glück and Donald Hall. Krusovsky's most recent work, which explores the life of Hart Crane and early performances of Chris Burden, questions various aspects of the body—in the foreground, its capacity to endure and visualize, and in the background, to represent thoughts and feelings. He would like to take part in readings, lectures and workshops and learn more about literary translation and book publishing in the US.

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ALEXANDRA MANUYLENKO, RUSSIA
Host: Hubbard Street Dance, Chicago, IL

Arts Manager—As the administrative director for Provincial Dances Theatre in Yekaterinburg, Manuylenko deals with public relations, funding, organizing Russian and international tours and production. This avant-garde company has performed throughout the world and is the winner of numerous awards. Manuylenko is interested in effective methods of outreach and communication with members of the public who may not be familiar with contemporary dance. She hopes to become familiar with dance and theater administration, festival organization, street theater events and publicity strategies in the US and to explore opportunities for international collaboration.


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VIKTORIYA MYRONYUK, UKRAINE
Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Artist—Myronyuk creates performances and installations that investigate, among other topics, the construction of identity, the differences between public and private image and the effort to retrieve forgotten events from memory. She has begun a new project, Word Links, in which she asks Ukrainian and US citizens to write anonymous letters describing their way of life, their beliefs and concerns. She will bring letters from the Ukraine to the US and deliver them, asking the recipients to answer the letters with their descriptions of daily life here. She will play the role of postman, a mediator between two political systems and cultures. She is interested in attending workshops and lectures pertaining to the use of new technologies in performance practice and learning about arts management issues such as fundraising and organizing international projects.

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GYÖRGY UJVÁRI-PINTÉR, HUNGARY
Host: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

Arts Manager—As artistic manager of Compagnie Pal Frenak, a French-Hungarian dance group, Ujvári-Pintér is responsible both for daily management and for international projects, production coordination, artistic representation and publicity. The company is extremely active, with between 50 to 70 performances a year worldwide. With a graduate degree in comparative literature, Ujvári-Pintér functions seamlessly in Hungarian, French and English. He would like to learn more about project management, marketing, and private sector financing and share his expertise on international networks.

 

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ANDRA ROTARU, ROMANIA
Host: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

Artist—Rotaru is a poet with strong interests in interdisciplinary work. Her first collection of poems, an experimental dialogue with the paintings of Frida Kahlo was published in 2005 and earned her four literary awards. A second collection, published in 2010, deconstructed a personal experience into a broader vision that pushed creative boundaries. More recently, Rotaru has begun to explore the unique sound that every person or natural phenomena possesses and the special sound created by every interaction. She is also a journalist and has participated in interdisciplinary events with visual artists and musicians. She seeks to take part in a variety of events—dance, music, art and literary—to provoke the transformation of her literary work.

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ALMA SELIMOVIĆ, SLOVENIA
Host: CounterPULSE, San Francisco, CA

Arts Manager—Serving as project manager and communications officer for the multi-disciplinary organization Bunker, Selimović prepares all PR and community outreach materials and is the producer of the international Mladi Levi festival in Ljubljana and executive producer of the Drugajanje festival in Maribor. She also works independently on other projects including a festival focusing on typography and a dance biennial. Her primary interest is in audience building and responding to the needs of local residents with artistic action. She would like to be involved in internal administration as well as community outreach at a performing arts organization in the US.

 

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IVAN STEPANOV, RUSSIA
Host: New Orleans Airlift, New Orleans, LA

Artist—Stepanov has participated in international festivals and won numerous awards as a break dancer. As a representative of the Evens people, a culture of northern Siberia, he performs national dances and sings the Yakut heroic epic Olonkho. His extensive dance training includes courses in South Korea and workshops with members of Rock Steady Crew and other leading US groups. He also teaches dance and has organized and conducted programs for young people including a summer breakdance camp and master classes. He is eager to exchange ideas, experiences, and techniques with American dancers, participate in breakdance activities and heighten his artistry while in the US.

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ROMAN STOLYAR, RUSSIA
Host: The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Artist—Trained as a jazz and classical composer and pianist, Stolyar is primarily interested in free improvisation, both as a performer and educator. In addition to a career as a jazz pianist with several notable groups, his wide-ranging artistic activities include serving as principal composer for the Novosibirsk Globe theater and teaching jazz improvisation at the Novosibirsk musical college. He also formed two groups—an art rock duo and a free improve trio—and wrote a book on the training course in improvisation that he developed. He would like to observe methods of teaching improvisation in the US, attend festivals of improvised music, and share ideas with American musicians.

 

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SANDRA ZANDBERGA, LATVIA
Host: Other Minds, San Francisco, CA

Arts manager—As chairman of the Music and Art Support Foundation, Zandberg is deeply involved with all phases of the organization’s work including artistic direction, strategic planning, finances and fundraising. She also produces a bi-monthly music magazine and creates and organizes The Introvert Art Festival, Ad Lucem. The goal of this festival is to refocus attention from external stimuli to internal shared human values and connections. She is interested in meeting musicians, artists and producers for possible participation in the Ad Lucem Festival and in becoming acquainted with current artistic developments and arts management practices in the US.

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LIUBOU ZHUROMSKAYA, BELARUS
Host: 7 Stages Theatre, Atlanta, GA

Artist—Zhuromskaya works as a director and educator, primarily in the field of youth theater, and as a film and stage actress. She heads a well-established youth theater and is the director of an international festival of experimental theater. One of her primary goals in her artistic practice is contributing to the personal development of young people and enabling them to make honest art. She would like to observe the working methods of US artists and pedagogues, interact with US actors and directors on collaborative projects and hold a workshop for students introducing them to Belarusian theater.