2015 ARTSLINK FELLOWS
CEC ArtsLink is pleased to announce 2015 ArtsLink Fellows in performing arts and literature. This year’s twelve participants in the ArtsLink Residencies program come from any of thirty-seven eligible countries.
CRISTIAN BAN, ROMANIA
Host: 7 Stages Theater Company, Atlanta, GA
Artist - A director interested in documentary theater, Ban often begins his working process by
interviewing community members on topics that provoke the past and look ahead to the future.
His recent work, My Parents Were Awesome, was inspired by Romanians born in the 80's and
their parents’ struggles to live and raise children during those difficult times. Ban’s
directorial work has been staged at leading theaters in Romania, Spain, Germany, Hungary,
Moldova and Turkey and has been awarded numerous prizes. He is interested in issues of
immigration and family dynamics and would like to work on a project with artists and communities
in the US to better understand the role that theater can play.
NORA DOROGAN, MOLDOVA
Host: CounterPULSE, San Francisco, CA
Arts Manager - Dorogan is a co-founder and manager of teatru-spalatorie
, a multidisciplinary platform
that provides a space for artists to act and respond to political and social events in Moldova and
the world. For one ongoing project, people were invited to a public square where they could share
supportive messages to the LGBT community while enjoying music and videos .. In addition to
organizing and producing community-engaged performances and events, Dorogan is also involved with
a fiveweek residency program for performing artists run by teatru-spalatorie. She seeks to gain
familiarity with the American performing arts scene and to observe how artistic initiatives
function within communities in the US.
AHMED ELDEEB, EGYPT
Host: New York Theatre Workshop, New York, NY
Arts Manager - Eldeeb is co-founder and CEO of Reflection for Arts, Training & Development,
which provides space and support to visual and performing artists and promotes the role of
the arts in community development. Past programs include a forum theater project for women to
find social solutions for sexual harassment and five-month training to assist arts managers
with building organizational capacity. He would like to gain experience in strategic planning,
fundraising strategies, marketing and organizing performances at alternative venues. He is
also interested in learning new training methods, especially in theater improvisation.
ANETE KRUUSMÄGI, ESTONIA
Host: International Writing Program, Iowa City, IA
Artist - A fiction writer and poet, Kruusmägi is currently working on a novel that explores
the essence of life in Indonesia, where she is studying traditional dance. She is also teaching
creative writing there and organized a bilingual poetry workshop and performance for local students.
In addition, she is developing a second book that will examine relationships between Estonians and
Russians living in Estonia from the perspective of young people. As a journalist, Kruusmägi
contributes to Öhtuleht, Estonia’s most widely read daily. She hopes to immerse herself in
the American literary scene by attending and participating in readings, open mic events, lectures
and workshops and by exchanging ideas with American writers. She would also like to gain insight
into how literary events are organized.
ELENE MECHITOVA, GEORGIA
Host: University of Louisville School of Music, Louisville, KY
Arts Manager - Mechitova is the founding director of Kavkaz Jazz Festival
which brings together
young musicians from Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan to perform, develop projects and attend
workshops and concerts. The festival serves as a cultural bridge and provides an opportunity
for audiences to hear diverse styles of music by emerging artists from the region. Last year,
the Kavkaz Jazz Festival expanded to include musicians from Lithuania, Poland and Austria.
In 2012, Mechitova founded the independent organization Art-Bridge to provide professional
support for artists through educational and exchange programs. She would like to invite
American musicians to participate in the Kavkaz Jazz Festival and she is eager to meet
festival organizers, educators and musicians and to learn about music education and management
models in the US.
SAIDMURAT MURATOV, UZBEKISTAN
Host: University of Michigan School of Music, Ann Arbor, MI
Artist - A saxophone player and composer, Muratov formed the ethno-jazz ensemble Jazzirama to
synthesize Uzbek folk music with contemporary jazz and swing. Jazzirama has performed widely
in regional and international jazz festivals and released its first CD in 2013. Muratov also
recently launched the Ilkhom Jazz Club at the Ilkhom Theater in Tashkent to promote opportunities
for young musicians to participate in master classes, workshops and jam sessions and to share
diverse jazz styles with the public. He organized the first Jazz Club master class, led by
Moscow saxophonist Timur Nekrasov, and the first concert, featuring four diverse ensembles,
in 2014. Muratov hopes to gain exposure to music education models, improve his improvisational
skills and exchange experiences and ideas with US colleagues. Website>>
OLEKSANDR MYKHED, UKRAINE
Host: University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Artist - Mykhed is the author of two books and curator of the multimedia initiative Amnesia project:
an open platform,
which was shortlisted in 2014 for best world projects at SOUNDOUT! New Ways of
Presenting Literature festival in Berlin. Currently, he is working on a novel about the
Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe which will combine documentation with a fictional story of
two brothers. A literary scholar as well as a writer, Mykhed teaches creative writing at
Taras Shevchenko National University in Kiev using an interdisciplinary approach that views
contemporary literature in the context of film and visual art. He would like to better
understand contemporary literature, creative writing education and arts management practices
in the US and to generate partnerships with creative professionals and community members. Website>>
2015 MONIKA DILLON FELLOW
MAŁGORZATA RÓŻAŃSKA-BRANIECKA , POLAND
Host: Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
Arts Manager - Since 2008, Rózanska-Braniecka has coordinated international literary activities
at Villa Decius Association
in Krakow, including three residency programs for writers and translators.
In addition to curating over 50 literary events, she has organized residencies for approximately
90 writers, translators and artists from over 20 countries. In the future, Rózanska-Braniecka hopes
to broaden the scope of Villa Decius residency programs by inviting American writers and by
establishing partnerships with US organizations to host Polish writers. She is also eager
to enhance her understanding of all aspects of project development and implementation including
fundraising, working with partner organizations and evaluation.
KATSIARYNA SALADUKHA, BELARUS
Host: Cleveland Public Theatre, Cleveland, OH
Arts Manager - Saladukha serves as director of development for CHe Theater and director of the
International Student Theatre Festival Teatralny Kufar. Over 11 editions, the festival has gathered
156 university and youth theaters from 55 countries and has expanded to include programs throughout
the year. Saladukha’s current professional goal is to contribute to an alternative independent arts
movement by opening an interdisciplinary center that can serve as a venue and platform for
experimentation, research, education and creative interaction. She would like to gain the
practical skills necessary for organizing, maintaining and programming an arts center and to
connect with American theater groups and artists for future collaboration.
KINGA SZEMESSY, HUNGARY
Host: Ohio State University, Dance Department, Columbus, OH
Artist - A dancer and choreographer, Szemessy has training in classical ballet, contemporary dance,
contact improvisation, Hungarian folk dance, Graham and Cunningham technique and Gaga. She is deeply
engaged in theory as well as practice and seeks to create hybrid works that combine performance,
discussion and action. A recent performance Listen was inspired by the research of psychologist
Alison Gopnik on the types of human attention. After 16 dance solos, each lasting about 25 seconds,
audience members were questioned about their observance of particular details, to create a personal
chart of their mode of listening. Szemessy looks forward to meet and collaborate with colleagues and
organizations in the US who are exploring alternative investigative methods and blurring the borders
between art and pedagogy.
LIWAA YAZJI, SYRIA
Host: Poets House, New York, NY
Artist - A playwright, poet and filmmaker, Yazji explores ways that people relate to the unknown
and make it through crisis. Her first book of poetry Peacefully, we leave home, is infused with a
sense of saying goodbye to a period of time that will not return. This work accompanies a documentary
film she directed about how we inhabit homes and they inhabit us, particularly in times of war.
She would like to develop a new book of poetry, based on her notes of the last two years, from a
perspective outside her own experience. She is also interested in exchanging ideas and points of
view with US writers, filmmakers, journalists and performers.
MOHAMED YOUSRY "SHIKA", EGYPT
Host: Fist & Heel Performance Group, Brooklyn, NY
Artist - As a dancer and performer, "Shika" has studied a range of techniques, traditions and styles
throughout the world, including most recently in Senegal, to transfer knowledge back to Egypt and
build the emerging contemporary dance scene there. He is devoted to pushing the limits of dance and
decreasing the gap between dance and street culture through performance in public space. In addition
to dancing in choreographed works on the street, he also performed in a demonstration at the Cairo
Opera House that summoned the power of the arts in defiance of a political decision. He hopes to
explore how differences in culture and points of view affect expression through movement and would
like to learn more about site-specific performance and dance video.