[artinfo] Video/Performance Workshop

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Wed, 27 Mar 2002 17:40:35 +0100

Call for Young Performers:
Dancers, Actors, Performance Artists and/or Musicians

To participate in
Video/Performance Workshop

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 
tape stock.
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:  pollitalu@yahoo.com.

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,