ArtsLink International Fellowships​: Home Country Projects

Ibrahim Abdo, Yosra El Gazzar, Brigitta Kovács, and Monika Požek complete their multi-year Fellowships with inspiring projects in their home countries. CEC ArtsLink is proud to support the diversity and excellence of artistic practices that emerge from the long-term transnational collaborations: 
Monika Požek, Slovenia, in collaboration with Art Spark Texas, Austin, TX
“Without Anesthesia” (in Madrid, Spain – Ljubljana, Slovenia – Austin, TX, USA)
Participants will create three different dance stories to explore how the body movement changes when we hear a different language and how culture affects the body language. The dance videos will feature multiple voices, perspectives and different bodies of different ages in one shared experience.

Ibrahim Abdo, Egypt, in collaboration with Dance Exchange, Takoma Park, MD
“What’s Next”  (in Cairo, Egypt)
A curated art platform will include a movement co-lab, a seminar and performances. Focus will be on the contemporary performing arts endeavors that share stories and strategies towards an open dialogue and non-hierarchical arts management structures rooted in shared power.
Brigitta Kovács, Hungary, in collaboration with Workshop Foundation in Budapest
Based on Brigitta’s experience during her residency at Movement Research in New York, she will work with Workshop Foundation, a support organization for contemporary dance in Budapest, to restructure its financial model, to advocate for new initiatives in the cultural field, and to expand international programs, including development with their US-based partners.
Yosra El Gazzar, Egypt, in collaboration with the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, Middle East and Middle Eastern American Center at CUNY, New York, NY, and Cairo Contemporary Image Collective
Letters to My Imaginary Travel Companion
A visual essay and travelog that combines archival materials, anecdotes of travelers, and the artist’s reflections as a traveler will weave together the stories about various communities of Jerusalem, New York, and Cairo.

2023 Participants


Director, choreographer and dancer Ibrahim Abdo holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. During his study at the Cairo Contemporary Dance Center, Ibrahim worked with various styles from traditional dances, martial arts, and Sufi whirling to Tahtib, kung-fu, muay thai, and Khatak. He started his own research on the state of flow through movement in different cultures and completed two residency programs at the Alanus University in Germany investigating the concept of flow as understood in Eurythmy studies. In 2015 he participated in a series of meetings and residencies between Egyptian and Italian choreographers resulting in a newly choreographed piece Green Leaves Are Gone.

Ibrahim adamantly believes in self-re-creation. He explores this practice in numerous social development initiatives that involve both professional art makers and members of communities whose lives are not connected to arts professionally. His interests during the residency in the US occupy a broad spectrum – from art practices in Native American communities and sustainability of the US arts organizations to dance practices in underprivileged communities.


Visual artist and designer Yosra El Gazzar merges expressive qualities of art with the communicative power of design, to visually investigate, question, and narrate our socio- and geo-political realities. Yosra has been the lead designer with Visualizing Palestine since 2016, an organization that uses data-led visual stories to present factual narratives of the Palestinian-Israeli issue, along with other social justice topics.

Yosra is a fellow of DOX BOX, the Moutheqat Women in Documentary fellowship in Tunisia. She started her career with the project The Flat Earth, which was featured at the Global Grad Show in Dubai in 2016. Since then, she participated in a number of exhibitions in Cairo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut and Toronto. Her video series So Close Yet So Far was widely acclaimed when released in 2020. During her residency in the US Yosra is interested in being immersed in Arab communities who have been settled for many years, and also to explore how the surveillance space and social and economic injustice impact those communities.


Dance, Theater

Artist and cultural manager and producer Brigitta Kovács dedicates her work to support emerging artists in developing their career, finding collaborators, funding, presentation opportunities locally and internationally. Besides providing management support for artists she has a strong focus on the development of the contemporary performing arts scene as a whole. In 2019 she was selected for the SuSy Cultural Management program of Workshop Foundation and has been working in close collaboration with them ever since creating better conditions for the artists. Coming from a business background she was working on finding new business models for NGOs in the performing arts sector in Hungary and improving their access to international funding and markets.

During her residency in the US, Brigitta is keen to explore different managerial approaches and initiate a collective reflection on innovative fundraising strategies, organization structures, and the means to successfully engage with audiences, partners and communities.


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Choreographer, cultural manager and disability advocate Monika Požek is a founder of MeetShareDance Association, an inclusive dance and performing arts organization that works between Ljubljana, Slovenia and Madrid, Spain. The association aims to promote best accessibility practices in the field of inclusive arts and to foster an International Dance Network for individuals and groups working with dance and disability. Monika organizes the international inclusive dance Festival MeetShareDance since 2012. Produced annually in the European cities Madrid, Ljubljana, Dublin, Berlin, Helsinki, Porto, and Belfast, the festival has brought together more than 600 dancers and choreographers with and without disabilities.

Monika is interested in digital innovation and dance and showing the possibilities of diverse bodies.  Her work includes numerous choreographies presented in Slovenia and internationally. Believing in dance as a unique language accessible to everyone, she is keen to dedicate her residency to exploring communities of senior citizens, and people with terminal conditions. Monika also intends to further her research in the crossing points between the arts and theory in anatomy and medicine.