[artinfo] Video/Performance Workshop
Wed, 27 Mar 2002 17:40:35 +0100
Call for Young Performers:
Dancers, Actors, Performance Artists and/or Musicians
To participate in
At Polli Talu Arts Center, Estonia
Aug 26 - Sept 16, 2001
The three-week long workshop is designed for young performers (dancers,
actors, performance artists and/or musicians) from Eastern and Central
Europe, as well as Central Asia, who are interested in incorporating video
in their live performances. In an intensive working period
director/performer Kyle deCamp will teach a daily physical warm up followed
by a performance workshop, exploring ways of developing original material
for the stage, drawing from movement, spoken text and/or music. Video
artists Tomiyo Sasaki and Ernest Gusella will teach the basics of video,
from camera work to postproduction. By the end of the workshop the
participants are asked to create individual performance pieces that
integrate live performance and video elements. These multi-media works will
receive their premiere performance for local audiences at Polli Talu Arts
Kyle deCamp is an accomplished actress, dancer and creator of original
cross-genre performance works. She is a compelling performer who has
collaborated with New York's avant-garde choreographers, theatre directors
and composers. Tours of her own productions have taken her across North
America and Europe. She has taught at numerous colleges and universities
in the USA.
Video artists Tomiyo Sasaki and Ernest Gusella are partners in life and
art. As world travelers and internationally acclaimed video artists, each
in their own right, their work is in the permanent collections of The
Museum of Modern Art, New York; Pompidou Center, Paris, France; Stadtische
Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin,
Germany; The Spiral Gallery, Tokyo, Japan and Center for Contemporary Art,
Montreal, Canada. Their fellowships and travel grants have taken them
India, Japan, Canada, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Teaching credits
include universities on many continents.
The three American artists will be available not only in their capacity as
individual teachers in their respective specialties, but also work together
as a team to oversee and help with the assembly of each participant's work.
All three teachers will bring samples of video/performances on video to
show and discuss in sessions scheduled for the evenings. Two studios will
be available at all times.
Participants will be encouraged to keep journals to document their creative
process. The day after the public performances will be utilized to give
final feedback on the actual performances, reflect on the entire workshop
and write an evaluation paper on the experience. A questionnaire will be
provided for that purpose.
The workshop will take place at Polli Talu Arts Center, a newly established
international arts center located 150 km from the capital Tallinn near the
Baltic Sea. Polli Talu (meaning "Polli's farm") is a turn of the century
traditional Estonian farm complex consisting of five log buildings. In the
place of the old hay barn stands a brand-new dance studio with a sprung
wooden dance floor (8m x 12m), ideal for any movement and performance work.
The former stable has been transformed into a spacious 6m x 9m art studio
and will serve as the video laboratory for the workshop at hand. The
storehouse has been remodelled to house guests, providing rooms with 1, 2,
4 and 5 beds. Dining room and toilet/shower are located in the main
house. Polli Talu Arts Center provides artists from around the world with
facilities and conditions conducive to creative work.
Participants are expected to be able to communicate freely in English, be
at least 18 years of age and have a minimum of 3 years stage experience. No
prior video experience is necessary. Participation is limited to ten
Important: All participants are required to bring their own camera and
Digital editing equipment will be provided.
The workshop is a project of the Culture Link Program of the Open Society
Institute and stipends for participants will cover travel expenses, housing
and vegetarian meals.
If you are interested in participating in the Video/Performance Workshop,
please request an application form by e-mail from: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for the submission of application forms is April 1, 2002.
Participants will be notified in June 2002.
If you have further questions, please contact:
Marika Blossfeldt, Artistic Director, Polli Talu Arts Center,