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Saint John's University

1990
Visual Arts
General Program
Minnesota

David Whetstone

1992
Music
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Sitarist, composer and teacher David Whetstone received $4,500 toward six weeks of travel and study in Madras, India. Whetstone plans to learn about South Indian music so he may apply deeper understanding and creativity to his collaboration with South Indian Bharatnatyam dancer Ranee Ramaswamy. Whetstone will investigate the traditional format of Bharatnatyam performance, its use of rhythmic cycles, themes and stories, and become acquainted with the terminology of the form. He'll study with Ramaswamy's master teacher Allarmel Valli, vocalist Raja Shekaran and others.

Aaron Schock
CIRCO (Circus)

2008
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

AARON SCHOCK was awarded a grant in support of CIRCO, a visually immersive feature-length documentary examining the life, tradition and hardships of Mexico's rural traveling circuses. The film follows the Ponce family, a ten-member circus troupe, as it struggles to survive in contemporary Mexico. Living and performing on the road since the 19th century, the Ponce family is just one of thousands of traveling Mexican circuses in existence today, continuing its rich artistic tradition against the backdrop of a collapsing rural economy and declining audiences. For the Ponces, these challenges are felt intimately and have led to a crisis within the family. While one of the oldest circus families in Mexico, the Ponces are now too poor to hire outside help, which forces all the child performers in the family to strike, move, and pitch the circus themselves. The Ringmaster was born into the circus and is devoted to preserving the family tradition. His wife, who ran away with the circus at 15, becomes increasingly bitter as she watches her children give up their childhood for a life that renders few rewards. She wants out. Her decision to leave, as seen at the end of the film, resonates with consequences not only for her children and family, but also for the fate of this century-old family tradition.

Metropolitan State University

1975
Criticism
General Program
Minnesota

Nicole Koschmann

1999
Film and Video
New York City Film and Video
New York City

NICOLE KOSCHMANN received support for Black, White and Yellow, a short, experimental documentary that will explore the relationship between two sisters - one White and the other Black/Chinese - at a time when their racial difference becomes an issue.

Dance Today

1989
Dance
General Program
Minnesota

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

1985
Music
General Program
Minnesota

The Bronx Museum of the Arts

1993
Visual Arts
General Program
New York City

Galen Treuer

2007
Theater
Travel and Study
Minnesota

Performing artists, creators and clowns GALEN TREUER, NOAH BREMER, MEGAN ODELL AND VANESSA VOSKUIL, Minnesota, will travel to Campinas, Brazil, to attend two weeks of intensive study with the Lume Teatro company. Coinciding with the Carnival season, Lume's intensive workshops encompass clowns, butoh, dance and theater practices. The four artists expect to be artistically and physically challenged and will return to Minnesota with new skills to enrich their art making and teaching.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

1971
Media Arts
General Program
Minnesota

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