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Summer 2005

Ursula Scherrer (Switzerland/USA) and Michael J. Schumacher (USA)
Opening of installation
Aug. 21 - 24, 2005

Ursula and Michael will present a site specific sound and video installation on the grounds at Polli talu using material recorded during their residency.

Ursula Scherrer is a Swiss photographer and video artist living in New York City. She has exhibited her photographs in galleries and at art festivals, including two solo exhibitions at the Kentler International Drawing Space and at Studio Five Beekman, She has collaborated with musicians such as Michael J. Schumacher, Tetsu Inoue and Neil Feathers in the creation of video and sound installations, as well as creating videos for choreographer Liz Gerring.

Michael J. Schumacher is a composer of electronic sound installations using 2 - 16 speakers, computer-controlled random structures, of acoustic music realizing advanced formal schemes, of taped and live music (also improvised) for prepared electric guitar, synthesizer, etc. SchumacherŐs works have been presented in the United States, Europe and Asia. As director of Studio Five Beekman and Diapason Gallery, he has produced exhibitions by David Behrman, Ron Kuivila, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Steve Roden, Marina Rosenfeld, Stephen Vitiello, La Monte Young and many others.

This residency is funded in part by CEC ArtsLink, New York.

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Summer 2001

Multi-Media Performance: THE WOLF'S BRIDE

Ensemble Kiri-uu: composer Olev Muska (Australia), video artist Arno Muska (Australia) and composer/vocalist Coralie Joyce (Australia) collaborated with choreographer Rene Nommik (Estonia) and director Marika Blossfeldt (New York/Estonia) to create a multi-media performance piece based on the story of "The Wolfs Bride" by Aino Kallas. After a Work-In-Progress presentation at Polli Talu Arts Center, the new work was performed at DANCE ACROSS BORDERS in Göteborg, Sweden.


Summer 2000

Outdoor Spectacle: VI IDUS AUGUSTI

Polish composer Mieczyslaw Litwinski, Polish singers, Estonian dancers and 90 citizens of Lihula participated in an international collaboration that culminated in a performance spectacle presented outdoors in the medieval stronghold of Lihula, inspired by the battle of 1220, which took place in the same location. Written, directed, choreographed and co-produced by Marika Blossfeldt (New York/Estonia), commissioned and co-produced by Lihula Culturehouse. (Supported in part by Kultuurkapital, Estonia.)


Summer 1999

Dance Technique and New Choreography: BOUND

New York choreographers Bill Young and Colleen Thomas taught contact improvisation and created a new dance piece for 9 Baltic dancers: Kaire Kasetalu, Katrin Kivimägi, Kroot Juurak (Estonia), Ilona Petrika, Ramona Galkina, Agnese Vanaga (Latvia), Lina Prodciukaite, Goda Laurinaviciúté, Darius Stankevicius (Lithuania). (Supported in part by the Open Estonia Foundation, The Trust for Mutual Understanding and the American Embassy in Tallinn.)


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