2016 ARTSLINK PROJECTS & INDEPENDENT PROJECTS AWARDEES

CEC ArtsLink is pleased to announce our ArtsLink Awards recipients for 2016. This year’s ArtsLink Projects awardees will engage with local communities in six of our thirty-seven eligible countries. In addition, Independent Projects awardees will work with artists and organizations throughout the US.

ARTSLINK PROJECTS


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katabasis by Kevin Doyle
workshop at The Living Theatre, New York, NY


KEVIN DOYLE
, BROOKLYN, NY

Host Country: Croatia 

$4,000 To support development of a new interdisciplinary solo-performance based upon the work of the late Croatian performance artist and writer, Željko Zorica. Doyle will collaborate with Zorica’s widow, Ana Zorica, who will guide him through a process of interrogation and investigation of the artist’s works. The work-in-progress performance will be presented in collaboration with the Culture of Change at the University of Zagreb Student Centre and Studio Artless founded by the late artist.


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Braxton Black for Jeremy Lawson Photography 


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BLACKBIRD, CHICAGO, IL

Host Country: Hungary 

$5,000 To support the collaboration of the chamber ensemble Eighth Blackbird and Amadinda Percussion Group in Budapest, Hungary. Both ensembles will exchange techniques and experience through collaborative performances featuring compositions by Steve Reich, Lukas Ligeti and Máté Bella.



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Photo Kevin Konnyu


JODY OBERFELDER, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Czech Republic

$4,000 To support The Brain Piece, a choreographic/sound installation. The project will include a screening of the film Dance of the Neurons, a series of lectures and workshops in collaboration with the Experimental Space Roxy / NoD in Prague, Czech Republic.




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Maja Mitic and Kathy Randels
Belgrade, June 2003


KATHY RANDELS, NEW ORLEANS, LA

Host Country: Serbia

$6,000 To support How to Make Sljivovica, a collaborative theatre piece between ArtSpot Productions and Dah Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia. Directed by Dijana Milosevic (Serbia) and addressing the positive relationship between humans and the soil. The piece will use texts from the poetry of the Serbian poet Biljana Obradovic and will include a recipe for making sljivovica - the local brandy - and its effect on those who drink it. The show will be presented in two villages and in Belgrade, Serbia.


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NEIL ROLNICK, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Serbia 

$3,500 To support a multifaceted collaboration between Rolnick and the Omen Theater in Belgrade, Serbia that includes participation in the company’s project Three Faces of Mirror, addressing the social and political dynamics of extremism. In addition to conducting a series of workshops on the role of art and artists in promoting peace and socially responsible politics, Rolnick will collect materials for a new musical work.

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Theater Mitu

THEATER MITU, NEW YORK, NY

Host Country: Egypt
 

$6,000 To support a collaboration between Theater Mitu and artists throughout the Middle East. As You Were is an interdisciplinary documentary performance investigating the effects of war on the lives of the men and women who are deployed in conflict zones. The piece is based on first hand documentary interviews and with ancient mythological and philosophical texts on the subject of war. The project will be presented at Cairo University in Egypt, the American University in Beirut, NYU Abu Dhabi’s Arts Center and in New York City.

INDEPENDENT PROJECTS

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CRISTIAN BAN, ROMANIA

7 Stages Theater, Atlanta, GA

To support a creation of a new theatrical piece with participants of the 7 Stages Youth Creates training program which brings learning and performance opportunities to teens. Ban will guide and collaborate with students in playwriting, theater design, and performance. The result will be a public performance.

 


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FARID RASULOV, AZERBAIJAN

Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MO

To support the exhibition of sculpture works comprised of large-scale wooden carvings in intricate patterns based on rug and tile designs. The exhibition will become a part of Laumeier Sculpture Park’s New Territories program. Rasulov’s interest in natural materials, informed by his cultural and historical heritage, fully realizes the Park’s mission to explore and enhance the relationship between art and nature.


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MOHAMED YOUSRY "SHIKA", EGYPT

Annie Wang, New York, NY

To support a new dance piece inspired by the artists’ personal connections to two different protests: Tahrir Square in 2011 and Tiananmen Square in 1989. Shika and Wang will use their personal stories as entry points into choreographic exploration of the nature of protests and revolution. They will collaborate with a New York-based filmmaker Laura X Moya, who will create film elements from the original historical footage to enhance the live performance.

 


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THE2VVO, KAZAKHSTAN

Dillon Bastan, Los Angeles, CA

To support Vor Ort (On Site), a multidisciplinary site-specific installation made in collaboration with Dillon Bastan (California) that explores Los Angeles’s natural environment through the means of physical sculpture and sound. In addition to this, the project’s artists will engage in a series of sound studies, documentation, workshops and talks with local artists on programming, interactive art, and sound and video art.