artistic director – Schlammpeitziger http://schlammpeitziger.com/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 10:09:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://schlammpeitziger.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png artistic director – Schlammpeitziger http://schlammpeitziger.com/ 32 32 In search of Dinanath Pathy’s “Geeta” in Osaka https://schlammpeitziger.com/in-search-of-dinanath-pathys-geeta-in-osaka/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 10:09:41 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/in-search-of-dinanath-pathys-geeta-in-osaka/ By Nikhilesh Giri* Dinanath Pathy was a giant in the firmament of Indian literary, visual and performing arts. His unpretentious attitude, his ascetic dress and his earthly gait did not, however, betray the immensity of his personality. Only those who had followed his extraordinary work or had the good fortune to know him personally would […]]]>

By Nikhilesh Giri*

Dinanath Pathy was a giant in the firmament of Indian literary, visual and performing arts. His unpretentious attitude, his ascetic dress and his earthly gait did not, however, betray the immensity of his personality. Only those who had followed his extraordinary work or had the good fortune to know him personally would realize the magnitude of the void his passing has created in India’s artistic landscape.

I had the privilege of knowing him briefly while living in Kuala Lumpur, where he frequently visited the Sutra House. Over the course of two decades, the latter’s founder, Padma Shri Datuk Ramli Ibrahim – a prominent dancer and artistic director of Odissi – and Dr Pathy have collaborated prolifically on a rich and varied array of cultural projects. Datuk Ramli recounted these projects and his loving kinship with Dr. Pathy in a moving piece titled “A Sutra Tribute to a Beacon of Art” which is widely available on the web.

Dr. Pathy was deeply hurt to see the general apathy of Indian society towards art and artists. He complained that the emphasis, if any, on integrating art or art appreciation into our school curricula was just talk. It’s hard to disagree with him. There is so much pressure from parents and teachers on children to focus singularly on textbooks that they grow up believing that art and similar subjects are avoidable distractions.

My own interest in art and culture remained superficial for a long time. A chance meeting with Datuk Ramli and Dr. Pathy, however, changed the situation. Between September 2015 and July 2016, Dr Pathy traveled to Kuala Lumpur a few times as part of the first of Odissi’s two fine co-productions of Sutra – “Ganjam” with Guru Gajendra Panda and “Amorous Delight” with Guru Meera Das. He played a major role in the design of both projects. Each time he visited Malaysia, he brought with him several Indian artists and writers, whom he had taken under his tutelage. Among them were dance critic Leela Venkataraman, painter Ramahari Jena, author and historian Prof. Jatindra Kumar Nayak and visual and graphic artist Jyotiranjan Swain. Dr Pathy had come to dinner with us once, and he had brought as a gift a collection of his literary works, including a book he had co-authored with the famous German art historian, ethnologist and author Padma Shri Dr. Eberhard Fischer.

A few months after Dr Pathy passed away, I met his son Soubhagya Pathy, himself a gifted scholar and writer, in Bhubaneswar. Like his father, Soubhagya Pathy was also very generous with his affection. Knowing my interest in the writings of Dr Pathy, he gave me a collection of fictional and non-fictional works by his father in Odia from their private library. The books were already out of print and therefore very valuable. Two of them – one a biographical anthology of Odia’s pioneer painters and the other a chronicle of Odisha’s theatrical tradition – made a deep impression on me. Both books recount the superiority of the craftsmanship of these artists as well as the enormity of the obstacles they faced in their lives. Many of them lived in misery and died anonymously due to the lack of adequate government and societal sponsorship and support.

Dr. Pathy himself did not achieve the recognition he was due during his lifetime. He had devoted his life to a relentless mission to globalize the art of Odisha. Yet, he remains unknown to a large majority of Odisha’s residents. He has contributed to the construction of many pioneering institutions for the promotion of art and culture. It would be gratifying if these institutions could contribute to the preservation and popularization of his literary and artistic creations in India and abroad.

I have seen a tiny portion of Dr. Pathy’s original drawings and paintings. So I was delighted to see a children’s book in Japanese full of sketches and illustrations by Dr. Pathy at the Asian Library in Osaka. The book, intended to introduce Japanese kindergarten students to Indian rural life, is actually a translation of the original German edition by Dr Pathy, Dr Eberhard Fischer and Barbara Fischer. The text and images of the 32-page book revolve around a child protagonist “Geeta”.

The Asian library has its own interesting history. A short walk from Awaji Station, in a small alley in the Awaji district of Osaka, stands a small two-story house with an unimposing and jaded facade. A row of Ceylon vines hides the wall. The rusted edges and faded paint on the large metal display panel betray its age. The text on it reads Book Land, a jungle of books. Behind this modest exterior hides a giant institution. Established in 1981, the library is the brainchild of the late Professor Sandip Tagore, an academic, painter and musician who lived in Japan for over 60 years. The Indian government awarded him the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of cultural relations between India and Japan.

Led ably by Sakaguchi Katsuharu, the Asian Library has not only survived over the past 41 years, but has also grown in size, scale and ambition. Today, it houses over 500,000 books in more than 30 Asian languages ​​and offers courses in 33 languages, including Bengali, Hindi, Tamil and Indian Urdu. Its other activities include promoting cultural exchanges between Japan and various other Asian countries. It is remarkable that at a time when public libraries in different countries are disappearing due to declining attendance, the Asian Library is able to sustain its activities through membership subscriptions and voluntary donations. During his lifetime, Professor Tagore organized many cultural events with the support of local and foreign artists to raise funds for the library. Unfortunately, it has stopped now.

The picture book “Geeta” was published in 1983 by another notable institution called Japan Asian Association & Asian Friendship Society (JAFS), which was established 4 years earlier. Based in Osaka, JAFS continues to do outstanding work in the fields of education and the environment in developing countries in Asia and Africa. Several Indian villages have benefited from their philanthropic work.

Dr. Pathy had been to Japan a few times. He had even been the recipient of a scholarship from the Japan Foundation. I have seen his photographs in private albums of some Japanese Odissi representatives living in the Kansai area, many of whom are JAFS members. But it is not certain that he ever visited the Asian library. Mr. Katsuaru, his sole caretaker for all these years, does not remember meeting him.

During our conversation about Dr. Pathy’s work in the fields of art and literature, Mr. Katsuharu asked if the book ‘Geeta’ was available in Odia. He even offered to support its publication or reproduction, if necessary. I promised to check and get back to him about it. Afterwards, it occurred to me that perhaps a more appropriate tribute to Dr. Pathy would be to present his works to the Japanese people in a more appropriate way. It will be my personal mission to work with Dr. Pathy’s family and friends to bring an exhibition of his paintings to Osaka and to have at least one of his books translated into Japanese in the near future.

*The author, an Indian diplomat, hails from Rairangpur in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha. He is currently serving as Consul General of India in Osaka, Japan.

DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in the article are solely those of the author and in no way represent the views of Sambad English.

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OZ Arts Nashville Presents PORTALS: A Performance Party https://schlammpeitziger.com/oz-arts-nashville-presents-portals-a-performance-party/ Tue, 22 Feb 2022 02:38:40 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/oz-arts-nashville-presents-portals-a-performance-party/ contemporary art center OZ Arts Nashville today announced an evening of art-bash style performance in conjunction with a large-scale sculptural exhibition taking place March 4-5, 2022 at OZ Arts’ vast creative warehouse. Massive soft sculptures by Nashville-based visual artist Vadis Turner will be installed in OZ Arts, paving the way for pop-up performances by a […]]]>

contemporary art center OZ Arts Nashville today announced an evening of art-bash style performance in conjunction with a large-scale sculptural exhibition taking place March 4-5, 2022 at OZ Arts’ vast creative warehouse.

Massive soft sculptures by Nashville-based visual artist Vadis Turner will be installed in OZ Arts, paving the way for pop-up performances by a wide range of choreographers, spoken word artists, musicians and artists from Nashville theater at this highly anticipated two-night event. . Among the artists featured, the celebratory event will feature a headliner from rising music star Adia Victoria and a DJ set from local favorite Alanna Royale.

Between highly anticipated musical appearances, Portals: A Performance Party includes several short performances by local artists, including multimedia/music project Gardening, Not Architecture; choreographer and dancer Joi Ware; captivating poet and performer Ciona Rouse; new contemporary dance company novel. dance, barred by Lyle Obermann; and praised actress and writer Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva. These short performances will respond to resonant themes of Turner’s provocative work, including the role of women as creators of culture and the tension between what is perceived as feminine and masculine. The party-style format will allow guests to mingle with the vast creative warehouse, creating an immersive environment to view Turner’s iconic sculptures and enjoy pop-up performances throughout the evening, ending with the signature electric performance style of Adia Victoria.

“Vadis Turner is such a shining star on the local visual arts scene, and we are thrilled to welcome this incredible line-up of performance artists who respond to his timely works on this festive evening,” said Marc Murphy, Executive and Artistic Director of OZ Arts. “The dynamic women in this lineup represent some of the city’s top contemporary performance makers, and we’re especially thrilled to welcome our special guests Adia Victoria and DJ Alanna Royale. We’re confident it will be an unforgettable experience.”

Tickets for Portals: A Performance Party are $20 and are on sale now on the OZ Arts website. OZ Arts is also invested in the health of its guests, artists and the community as a whole. Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event is required for anyone 12 years and older to attend this event.

This performance and exhibition is made possible through the generous support of donors and grants, including funding from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission and the Tennessee Arts Commission. For more on upcoming performances, please visit https://www.ozartsnashville.org/.

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Production Illustrator Donna Cline to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at 26th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards https://schlammpeitziger.com/production-illustrator-donna-cline-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award-at-26th-annual-art-directors-guild-awards/ Thu, 03 Feb 2022 15:03:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/production-illustrator-donna-cline-to-receive-lifetime-achievement-award-at-26th-annual-art-directors-guild-awards/ LOS ANGELES, February 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Concept Illustrator and Storyboard Artist, Donna Clinewhich brings a unique plethora of artistic and technical experience to feature films and television series (like The doctor, epidemic and BONE), will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) of Illustrators and Matte Artists […]]]>

LOS ANGELES, February 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Concept Illustrator and Storyboard Artist, Donna Clinewhich brings a unique plethora of artistic and technical experience to feature films and television series (like The doctor, epidemic and BONE), will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) of Illustrators and Matte Artists (IMA) at the 26th Annual ADG Awards. Tamara Taylora forensic crime drama star, BONEwill present the award to Cline on Saturday, March 5, 2022at the ADG Awards, which returns live at the InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown Hotel

“Donna brings so much to the table on all of the projects she works on. In addition to being an amazing storyboard and concept illustration artist, she has a PhD in clinical psychology, is a licensed marriage and family therapist , was a forensic artist for major law enforcement agencies and a reserve assistant for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 20 years. It is unusual to offer this vast experience and creative talent to entertainment projects,” said Tim WilcoxADG Illustrators & Matte Artist Council Chair.

“This multi-faceted career has seen Donna provide many art and research forms to film and television projects as a technical advisor on productions. She often helps actors learn skills in roles that require accurate knowledge in medicine, forensics, science and psychology and collaborates with writers and other department heads to assist in technical accuracy.We recognize and honor Donna’s career with the ADG Lifetime Achievement Award this year,” he added.

Areas of expertise included in Cline’s professional background are medical illustration, suspect composites, facial reconstruction on skulls of unknown deceased persons, designs for VFX and Make-up EFX, and casting for training at terrorist exercise for law enforcement. Cline also has a private practice as a marriage and family therapist.

Cline’s Industry credits include over 55 feature films and 25+ TV shows, among them, Outbreak, The Doctor, Deep Blue Sea, Red DragonTombstone, George of the Jungle, Mulholland FallsHocus Pocus, The Flintstones, Bones and X-Files.

As previously announced, Oscar®-winning filmmaker Jeanne Campion, best known for her legendary films, including the highly acclaimed recent The power of the dog, will receive the prestigious award for cinematographic imagery. French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, famous for making many epic films, including the recent highly acclaimed film adaptation of Duneswill be the recipient of William Cameron Menzies Award.

production designer random ida (AD), scenic artists Michael and Denise Okuda (MEDS) Scenographer/Artistic Director Ann Harris (STG) will join Concept Artist Donna Cline (IMA) with Lifetime Achievement Awards for their outstanding legacy and contributions to their craft. A full list of the 26 award nomineesand Annual ADG Awards are available at www.adg.org

The ADG Awards recognize excellence in production design in motion pictures, television, commercials, music videos and animated feature films. The 2022 ADG Awards Producer is Artistic Director Michael Allen GloverSDG (The alienist, solos and the next station eleven). Joining the team as set designer is the Emmy-winning production designer Brian J. StonestreetSDG (Golden Globes, Grammy Awards, Billboard Awards).

The ADG awards are only open to productions made in the United States by producers who have signed the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are accepted without restrictions. Any inquiries regarding the ADG Awards may be directed to Debbie Patton, Director of ADG Awards & Events, at (818) 762-9995 or by email. [email protected].

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Founded in 1937, the Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents 3,000 members who work worldwide in film, television and theater as production designers and art directors; Scenic, title and graphic artists; Scenographers and model makers; and Illustrators and Matte Artists. For the Guild’s online directory and website resources, go to www.adg.org.

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Super Bowl LVI pre-game entertainment lineup announced https://schlammpeitziger.com/super-bowl-lvi-pre-game-entertainment-lineup-announced/ Tue, 01 Feb 2022 15:26:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/super-bowl-lvi-pre-game-entertainment-lineup-announced/ NEW YORK – The NFL today announced the pregame entertainment lineup for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, which will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, February 13, 2022. The game will be aired on NBC and Telemundo, and streamed. live on Peacock. Multi-Grammy nominated artist Mickey Guyton will sing the […]]]>

NEW YORK – The NFL today announced the pregame entertainment lineup for Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, which will be played at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., on Sunday, February 13, 2022. The game will be aired on NBC and Telemundo, and streamed. live on Peacock.

Multi-Grammy nominated artist Mickey Guyton will sing the national anthem. Mickey’s groundbreaking debut album, Remember Her Name, recently garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Country Album of the Year, First-Ever by a Black Artist, as well as nominations for Best Country Song and Best Performance. country solo.

Six-time Grammy-nominated hitmaker Jhené Aiko will sing America the Beautiful. Jhené’s 2020 album Chilombo was nominated for the Grammy Awards “Album of the Year”. ”

On behalf of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), renowned actress Sandra Mae Frank will perform the national anthem and America the Beautiful in American Sign Language.

American urban contemporary gospel duo Mary Mary accompanied by LA Phil’s YOLA (Youth Orchestra Los Angeles) perform Lift Every Voice and Sing, conducted by LA Phil’s Hollywood Bowl Orchestra Principal Conductor Thomas Wilkins.

Before the game, multi-platinum GRAMMY award-winning artist/DJ/producer Zedd,will act as the official pre-game DJ during the players’ warm-up.

In honor of the Air Force’s 75th anniversary, the service will perform a one-of-a-kind flyover over SoFi Stadium during the National Anthem. The Air Force Heritage Flight will be a formation consisting of a P-51 Mustang, an A-10C Thunderbolt II, an F-16 Fighting Falcon, an F-22 Raptor and an F-35A Lightning II.

The NFL previously announced that hitmakers Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar will headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show which will be produced by DPS with Roc Nation and Jesse Collins as as executive producers, and Hamish Hamilton as director.

About Mickey Guyton: Capitol Nashville’s Mickey Guyton “lifts the rafters and distills emotion with impeccable clarity. Its high notes thrill, its nuance in the narration captivates. A star of our time claims his place” (NPR). Guyton recently released his critically acclaimed debut album, Remember Her Name, which was hailed by The Associated Press as “a powerful, personal debut” and Slate as a “scorching recovery of a genre”. With Remember Her Name, Mickey made history as the first black artist to earn a GRAMMY nomination for Best Country Album. The title track “Remember Her Name” also earned Mickey GRAMMY nominations for Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance. This follows last year’s breakthrough GRAMMY nomination as the first-ever black female solo artist to earn a nod in a country category (Best Country Solo Performance) for “Black Like Me” which she performed. as part of the award ceremony. “Black Like Me” was named one of the Top 10 All-Genre Songs of 2020 by NPR, Billboard and Associated Press. She also co-hosted the 56th Academy of Country Music Awards on CBS with Keith Urban and was recently named CMT’s Breakout Artist of the Year.

About Jhené Aiko: Six-time Grammy-nominated hitmaker, author and poet has been at the forefront of a new wave of contemporary music for over a decade. Known for experimenting with a range of styles – from psychedelic to classic R&B to incorporating sound healing and the use of sound bowls into her music – the singer/songwriter has collaborated with Drake, Childish Gambino, John Legend , Summer Walker, Big Sean, Saweetie and many more. Jhené Aiko capped off a breakthrough year in 2020 with over three billion streams worldwide and three Grammy nominations for his R&B masterpiece, Chilombo, including the prestigious ‘Album of the Year’. Chilombo has been nominated for four Billboard Music Awards, an American Music Award for Best Female Soul/R&B, two Soul Train Awards, and won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album.

About Mary Mary: Mary Mary is the multi-Grammy® and multi-award winning gospel recording, sister duo of Erica and Tina Campbell. The sisters broke through in 2000 as Mary Mary with the pioneering hit “Shackles (Praise You)”. Since then, the group has won numerous awards, including multiple Grammy® Awards, NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, BET Awards, Stellar Awards, Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award and many more. After seven Mary Mary albums and more than 20 years in the music industry, the commercially successful and critically acclaimed duo have sold over six million albums. Both Erica and Tina have launched successful, award-winning solo careers. Erica Campbell’s debut solo album, Help, won a Grammy® for Best Gospel Album. Erica is also the host of the nationally broadcast radio show, “Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell”. Tina Campbell independently released her first solo album, It’s Personal, winning an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel Album. Her single, “Too Hard Not To,” from her follow-up album, It’s Still Personal, received a Grammy® nomination for “Best Gospel Performance/Song.” The sisters executive produced and starred in WE tv’s original hit reality series, Mary Mary, for six seasons. Erica and Tina continue to perform as Mary Mary while embracing their solo careers. They are devoted wives and mothers who feel completely blessed to have such a long and acclaimed career in music, while inspiring countless people with their faith.

About YOLA (Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles): Through YOLA, inspired by LA Music and Artistic Director Phil Gustavo Dudamel’s own training as a young musician, the LA Phil and its community partners provide free instruments, a intensive music education and academic support to over 1,500 young people aged 6-18, enabling them to become essential citizens, creative leaders and agents of change. YOLA musicians perform on acclaimed stages around the world, including the LA Phil’s Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, on national and international television shows, and alongside renowned artists. The program, now in its 15th year, has been considered a national model of music education.

About Sandra Mae Frank: Sandra Mae Frank is an accomplished stage and film actress who regularly appears as Dr. Wilder on NBC’s New Amsterdam. Her many references include television roles: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (NBC), Daybreak (Netflix), Switched at Birth (Freeform); in cinema: Season of Love, Entangled, Soul to Keep, The Sound of Fear; in music videos: I Dare You by Kelly Clarkson, American Author’s Pride; and in theatre: Spring Awakening on Broadway, as well as regional theater productions. Sandra Mae Frank grew up participating in the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) Youth Leadership Program. NAD recognized her in 2019 for her impressive work on stage and in film with the 2019 NAD Matlin Impact Award.

About Zedd:Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist/DJ/producer Zedd debuted with “Clarity” after signing with Interscope in 2012 and has since broken down barriers surrounding musical genres. Throughout his career, Zedd has worked with a wide range of artists to create hits including Foxes on “Clarity” (which won Zedd a 2014 GRAMMY® “Best Dance Recording”), Hayley Williams on the hit RIAA-certified platinum, “Stay The Night” (which has racked up over a billion streams), and Selena Gomez on the platinum-certified track, “I Want You To Know,” which spent four weeks at number one on the charts.” Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs. He also collaborated with Alessia Cara on their single “Stay”, which amassed over 4.7 billion streams worldwide, held No. 1 on the Radio Top 40 for six consecutive weeks and earned Zedd his second nomination. at the GRAMMY® Awards, and with Maren Morris and Gray on the monster hit The Middle”, which landed Zedd #2 on Radio’s Top 40. Digitally, the song has over 4 billion plays worldwide and has earned Zedd received three GRAMMY® nominations, including “Record Of The Year”, “Song Of The Year” and “Best Pop Duo Or Group Performance”.

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Milwaukee First Stage and Ko-Thi Dance Company will present THE DANCING GRANNY https://schlammpeitziger.com/milwaukee-first-stage-and-ko-thi-dance-company-will-present-the-dancing-granny/ Thu, 27 Jan 2022 19:31:58 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/milwaukee-first-stage-and-ko-thi-dance-company-will-present-the-dancing-granny/ Next up for the 2021/22 season of First Stage will be THE DANCING GRANNY, a play by Mansa Ra adapted from the children’s book by beloved author/illustrator Ashley Bryan. The production is part of First Stage’s First Steps series which introduces younger audiences to live theatre. Based on an African folk tale, the piece is […]]]>

Next up for the 2021/22 season of First Stage will be THE DANCING GRANNY, a play by Mansa Ra adapted from the children’s book by beloved author/illustrator Ashley Bryan. The production is part of First Stage’s First Steps series which introduces younger audiences to live theatre. Based on an African folk tale, the piece is a joyful celebration of storytelling, song, movement, community and the beauty of everyday life.

Samantha D. Montgomery, Stage One Director of Inclusion and Community Engagement, will direct this production and Ko-Thi Dance Company Artistic Director DeMar Walker will provide choreography and perform the roles of Old Man and Ananse the Spider. The production will also include live percussion with Kameron “Keon” Sykes. Kids and adults alike will dance in their seats as Ananse, the clever spider from African folklore, tries to trick Granny into dancing away from her garden so he can get his vegetables. But his plan backfires when he himself is dragged into the dance. “Shake it east, shake it west, shake it to the one you love the most!” Sponsored by PNC.

The duration of the show is approximately 45 minutes, without intermission. Recommended for families with youngsters ages 3-7+.

THE DANCING GRANNY runs from February 12 to March 6, 2022 at Goodman Mainstage Hall at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, located at 325 W. Walnut Street in downtown Milwaukee. Tickets are $15. Tickets are available online at firststage.org or through the First Stage Box Office at (414) 267-2961.

Director Samantha D. Montgomery had this to say about THE DANCING GRANNY: “I am thrilled that First Stage and Ko-Thi are collaborating and working together to share Mansa Ra’s adaptation of Ashley Bryan’s THE DANCING GRANNY with the community. It’s a wonderful opportunity for families to share, laugh, strengthen their bond and have fun while listening to the voice and moving to the rhythm of this African folklore.”

Ko-Thi Choreographer/Artistic Director DeMar Walker also commented, “THE DANCING GRANNY will bring together two Milwaukee artistic forces celebrating the incredible cultural heritage of oral tradition and storytelling in the black theater experience. I believe that this production goes hand-in-hand with the conceptual works that Ko-Thi Dance Company has performed in recent years for audiences of varying ages and backgrounds. We are more than excited to show off our versatility and virtuosity during this unprecedented time. with the incomparable First Stage children’s theatre.

Jeff Frank, Artistic Director of First Stage, added, “We are honored to work with our friends at the Ko-Thi Dance Company to bring this adaptation of beloved author/illustrator Ashley Bryan to life. This show will give you want to get up and move!”

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Four-day international digital art, NFT festival takes on Jerusalem https://schlammpeitziger.com/four-day-international-digital-art-nft-festival-takes-on-jerusalem/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 16:29:27 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/four-day-international-digital-art-nft-festival-takes-on-jerusalem/ [ad_1] Companies have been harnessing artificial intelligence to drive innovation for a number of years now, using it as a tool across a wide range of industries. Startups have used AI to save lives and increase road safety. He powers robots to assist with surgery, strengthens the IVF process, and has become a writing companion […]]]>


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Companies have been harnessing artificial intelligence to drive innovation for a number of years now, using it as a tool across a wide range of industries. Startups have used AI to save lives and increase road safety. He powers robots to assist with surgery, strengthens the IVF process, and has become a writing companion who understands context and meaning.

Artificial intelligence is also disrupting the art world, with researchers creating machine learning tools capable of generating music and paintings. Artificial intelligence can also create works of art that use algorithms to replicate and mimic previous art styles. This intersection of art and technology that created a cultural revolution is why Yair Moss and Danielle Zjni have organized this year’s hybrid Digital Arts Festival – ZERO1NE under the theme of the impact of artificial intelligence in digital art.

“Artists have the opportunity to work with different tools to create something special,” Moss, co-artistic director of the festival, told NoCamels. “We focus on AI because it is one of the main tools in our society that impacts our daily lives.”

Viewers discover Latentscape by Italian artist Franz Rosati, an audiovisual experience where music is generated by AI and machine learning. Courtesy of: Franz Rosati.

“Examining these new technologies while drawing inspiration from the cultures and ideas of the past allows for the formulation of contemporary creative expressions. I think this idea is in sync with the basic concept of the Tower of David museum, which looks to the past and thinks about the future, ”Zini adds.

The art festival, which will host a hybrid of physical and virtual events from December 27 to 30, will give viewers the chance to admire 30 works of art, six original in situ pieces, nine lectures, 10 live performances, 12 international artists and 28 Israeli artists. Many of these events will be webcast live on the Tower of David website. You can watch it here.

The festival is called ZERO1NE in reference to the two figures which serve as the basis for any computerized activity.

It “delves directly and indirectly into the enigmatic phenomenon of machine learning and examines the place of AI in the digital art world,” according to an announcement. Events will move between different locations in the city of Jerusalem, from the Tower of David Museum to the Hansen House, a cultural center in a historic leprosy asylum at the Mazkeka Pub, a hotbed for the independent and alternative arts and music scene to Jerusalem. The festival will include audiovisual performances (many of which will also be broadcast live), media installations, lectures, lectures, workshops, etc.

Yair Moss, Danielle Zini
Yair Moss and Danielle Zini are the Artistic Co-Directors of this year’s ZERO1NE Digital Arts Festival. focusing on AI.

Although much of the festival is in Hebrew, including an opening discussion titled “On the verge of a Cultural Revolution” on Monday, December 27 at 6:00 p.m. KST between Dr Milly Perry, President of ABC Art Blockchain and Community, and art director Moss on ‘Next of Everything’ (Web3, Blockchain, NFT, DAO, AI and the Metaverse), there are a number of English speaking talks throughout the week by prestigious experts. in technology, multimedia artists and researchers.

On Tuesday, the first of two hybrid sessions called Interspecies Communication Hybrid Session No. 1 will feature installations from artists like 0rphan Drift, Entangled Others Studio, Tom Love, Jordan Colsey + Deborah Fischer + Ofer Kantor, Erez Ezra + Avi Cohen + Boris Levin , Rachella Alcalay, Memo Akten, and more.

Also on Tuesday, a South African multimedia artist explores the similarities between AI and an octopus. Maggie Roberts. Maggie Roberts will discuss the parallels between how artificial intelligence works and the somatic tendencies of the octopus as a decentralized, multi-horizon consciousness. Roberts founded the Orphan Drift collective, which cooperates with Etic Lab, developing the ISCRI project – an AI model trained on octopus. The project combines art, science and technology, as well as experiments on interspecific communication between octopus and AI, with human beings as mediators. The event will be online on the TOD website.

Further discussions live streamed will be available in Hebrew and English during New AI Imaginaries Hybrid Session # 2. Entanglement, ”a conference of further live discussions will be available in Hebrew and English during New AI Imaginaries Hybrid Session # 2. and programmer Gene Kogan and “Artificial Life As Entanglement”, a talk by Feileacan McCormick from Portugal Tangle Other Studio on the state of the entanglement and its “hybrid ecological systems”, a series of studies to expose our entangled world.

Hybrid Ecosystems is an ongoing series of explorations to create an unveiling of our tangled world. Courtesy: Feileacan McCormick, Entangled Others Studio

Throughout the week, the Digital Arts Festival will also feature a number of live performances which can also be enjoyed online. Artists include Italian artist Franz Rosati, whose audiovisual composition, Latentscape, will be presented at Hansen House with music being part of the creation based on the machine-learning generated music and a live audiovisual performance featuring a unique collaboration between the musician Or Edry and digital. artist Carmi Dror who focuses on lens-based art and the creation of digital spaces. There will also be an international performative Zoom session at the Mazkeka pub.

A Audiovisual Evening at the Tower of David Museum on Thursday, December 30, will use the Kishle Complex as the setting for an immersive experience that views space as a prison during the British Mandate and a time capsule of historic events. Additionally, Wackelkontakt, a trio leading an audiovisual project that is currently the spearhead of the Jerusalem experimental scene, will build a special light and sound installation based on para-psychological experiences from the 1970s called “Ganzfeld” in German (Ganzfeld in English means “any field.”) The Sadan Lab at Phasael Tower will also feature local artists and DJs from Sadan Records, a Tel Aviv-based label founded to support artists focusing on contemporary electronic music and visual worlds. Most of the events that take place that night will also be broadcast live.

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Wackelkontakt’s light and sound experience is one for the senses – and it will be live, too. Courtesy: Wackelkontakt

The ZERO1NE festival started in 2019 and was born out of a cooperation between the Tower of David Museum and artistic directors Moss and Zini. The digital world is developing at a rapid pace and TOD has truly engaged, welcomed and explored the digitization of history and art, becoming one of the few museums in the world to have its own innovation lab. .

“Six years ago, the Tower of David Museum ventured into the world of AR and VR technologies and opened an innovation lab that would harness that energy and improve the visitor experience,” Berliner continues. “Today, as our lives are hybrid, touched by technologies that we seek to better understand, the Tower of David Museum is proud to once again give a platform to our contemporary cultural world which is changing. and shaped by new technologies and applications – the complexities of which only mirror the intricacies of the city the museum explores, ”said Tamar Berliner, deputy director of the Tower of David Museum.

For more information on the ZERO1NE festival this week and its happenings, go to Tower of David site or the site of Hansen House.

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Curitiba Music Workshop to Take Trumpet Lessons at Royal Wedding https://schlammpeitziger.com/curitiba-music-workshop-to-take-trumpet-lessons-at-royal-wedding/ Fri, 10 Dec 2021 14:29:59 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/curitiba-music-workshop-to-take-trumpet-lessons-at-royal-wedding/ [ad_1] the trumpet player british royal wedding, David blackderOne of the teachers will be thirty-nine Curitiba Music Workshop, which takes place in January 2022, and is part of the early music core of the event, which offers classes for R $ 30, in an interactive distance learning format. David Blackadder, trumpeter who performed at the […]]]>


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the trumpet player british royal wedding, David blackderOne of the teachers will be thirty-nine Curitiba Music Workshop, which takes place in January 2022, and is part of the early music core of the event, which offers classes for R $ 30, in an interactive distance learning format.

David Blackadder, trumpeter who performed at the royal wedding.
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Applications can be submitted to Site From the music workshop until December 17. The courses will be broadcast live, via the Microsoft Teams platform, which provides access to course registration.

Coming straight from England, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Norway and Poland, the most famous musicians of the classical international early music scene will teach techniques and theories to students of the ‘Curitiba music workshop for about two hours. Classes are accompanied by experienced music translators.

In this 39th edition, the event features a rotating roster of teachers and educators, according to information from the organization. The early music category, for example, features names from the new generation of international musicians playing in European orchestras or teachers from renowned schools. (check the list at the end).

One of the highlights of the Old Town is Bork-Fritjhof Smith (Germany). A master of the cornet cycle, the wind instrument considered to be the ancestor of the trumpet, Smith is currently the principal translator of this instrument, playing regularly at festivals across Europe, Israel and North and North America. South with old musical groups.

Commented Janet Andrade, general coordinator of the music workshop in Curitiba.

Another notable item to be on the list of early music teachers at the 39th Curitiba Music Workshop is trumpeter David Blackader (UK). In 2018, he enthusiastically performed at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan. Specializing in baroque music, Blackader is a trumpeter at the Academy of Early Music.

The 39th Curitiba Music Workshop is organized by the Municipality of Curitiba, the Cultural Foundation of Curitiba and the Institute of Arts and Culture of Curitiba (ICAC), and the Special Secretariat for Culture, Ministry of Tourism Patria Amada Brasil , with the major support of the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná.

Organizations Guerra Theater Cultural Center, Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ, Farinya Family, Parana School of Music and Fine Arts – Parana State University (Ansbar), Regina Caselo Theater, Federal University of Parana – Pro-magazine for Extension and Culture (PROEC), also supports the event.

Ancient Music – Teachers & Lessons

baroque violin
Distance learning – January 19, 12:30 p.m.
Cecilia Bernardini (Italy / Netherlands)
She is widely regarded as one of the most versatile violinists of her generation, playing both modern and baroque violins. Incorporates Serafino String Trio.

Conversations on baroque violin and chamber music
Distance learning – January 22, 12:30 p.m.
Claire Holden (Inglaterra)
His research interests include historical string interpretation, music in Vienna and London in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and the philosophy of performance.

baroque violin
Distance course – January 20, confirmation time
Oliver Webber (England)
He lectures all over Europe on various aspects of historical performance. He is currently involved in a project to recreate the original 17th century Italian violin ensemble.

baroque cello
EAD cycle – date and time not confirmed
Christine von der Goltz (Germany / Norway)
German-Norwegian cellist and Baroque cellist teacher in Frankfurt. She is a famous soloist, chamber musician and artistic director of the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra.

baroque cello
Distance learning – January 27, 12:30 p.m.
Anderson Fiorelli (Brazil / Germany)
He holds a master’s degree in historical performance practices and chamber music, both from the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. His main activity is chamber music and he is a founding member of the groups Villa Duo, isAR-Trio and Danzi Duo.

baroque transverse flute
Distance learning – January 21, 12:30 p.m.
Anna Besson (France)
Laureate of the Cziffra Foundation’s annual examinations, Anna Besson studied the modern transverse flute at the Conservatoires Supérieures de Musique in Paris and Geneva.

sweet flute
Distance learning – January 24 at 12:30 p.m.
Ines de Avena (Brazil / Netherlands)
Specialized in the research and interpretation of Neapolitan baroque music. Recreating forgotten Italian flautists in the Baroque style, he orders copies and publishes instruments in performances and recordings.

Baroque bassoon
Distance learning – January 19, 12:30 p.m.
Tomasz Wisowski (Bologna)
He is a member of groups such as InVento & Nova Silesia and is a teacher of the baroque bassoon class at the Pozna Academy of Music.

natural horn
Distance learning – January 23, 12:30 p.m.
Martin Lawrence (United Kingdom)
Besides playing with The Age of Enlightment Orchestra, he works with other teams such as The English Concert and Il Giardino Armonico.

natural trumpet
Distance learning – January 26, 12:30 p.m.
David Blackadder (United Kingdom)
The principal trumpet was to the English Baroque soloist and the Revolutionary and Romantic Orchestra under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and to the Academy of Old Music with Christopher Hogwood.
David had the great honor of performing at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding in 2018 to a worldwide audience of 1.9 billion viewers.

Violin
EAD cycle – date and time not confirmed
Paolo Zuccheri (Italy)
Bass and viola da gamba are played in the Baroque Festspiel Orchester Gottingen Orchestra, conducted by N. Mc Gegan. He teaches guitar and guitar at the Accademia di musica antica in Brunico (Bz). and Laboratorio per la Musica e l’Opera Barroca in Bazzano (BO).

Cornetto
Distance learning – January 17, 12:30 p.m.
Burke Fritghof Smith (Germany)
From 2008 to 2017 he taught Corneto and Decreases at the Hochschule für Musik Trossingen and in 2017 he was appointed Corneto professor at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis after Bruce Dickey.

Harpsichord and clavichord
Distance learning – January 21, 12:30 p.m.
Mino van Dilt (Netherlands)
Since 1995 Mino van Delft has taught ukulele, clavichord, basso continuo and orchestral interpretation at the Amsterdam Conservatory.


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Hermitage Artist Retreat raises over $ 225,000 for Artful Lobster https://schlammpeitziger.com/hermitage-artist-retreat-raises-over-225000-for-artful-lobster/ Tue, 23 Nov 2021 11:03:54 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/hermitage-artist-retreat-raises-over-225000-for-artful-lobster/ [ad_1] ENGLEWOOD – The Hermitage Artists Retreat raised over $ 225,000 at the Artful Lobster 2021 fundraising luncheon on November 13th. Now in its 13th year, the Artful Lobster is raising funds for the Hermitage Artist Residency Program and community programming initiatives. About 200 guests attended the event, which took place in a large tent […]]]>


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ENGLEWOOD – The Hermitage Artists Retreat raised over $ 225,000 at the Artful Lobster 2021 fundraising luncheon on November 13th. Now in its 13th year, the Artful Lobster is raising funds for the Hermitage Artist Residency Program and community programming initiatives.

About 200 guests attended the event, which took place in a large tent on the historic Hermitage waterfront campus and was co-chaired by Charlie Huisking and Charlotte Perret. The Artistic Director and CEO of the Hermitage, Andy Sandberg, was the master of ceremonies.

Dorothy Lawson, member of the Hermitage, is the founding cellist and artistic director of the ETHEL string quartet.

Dorothy Lawson, member of the Hermitage and founding cellist and artistic director of the ETHEL String Quartet, dominated the event with a virtuoso cello performance.

To celebrate The Hermitage’s free community programs and collaborations, Raleigh Mosely II, a frequent performer with the Westcoast Black Theater Troupe, delivered an original song written by Hermitage member Rona Siddiqui. Mosely made his WBTT debut in “Broadway in Black”. Siddiqui, who performed her original songs last season at Hermitage Beach and Selby Gardens, is an award-winning New York-based songwriter, lyricist, orchestrator and musical director.

After lunch, Lawson returned to the stage to perform a piece by Bach, which she dedicated to the memory of the late Susan Brainerd, a recent Hermitage administrator who sponsored Lawson’s last visit to the Hermitage earlier. This year.

“Great music, great art, great theater, great literature, great television – none of this happens without great artists,” Sandberg said. “We thank everyone who attended or supported this year’s festivities. The generous outpouring of support for the work we do at the Hermitage is a demonstration of our community’s extraordinary commitment to the arts and the creative process.

Sponsors and partners of the Artful Lobster 2021 celebration included the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, CHUBB, Key Agency, the Herald-Tribune with LOCALiQ and Sarasota Magazine. A full list of this year’s sponsors, benefactors and partners is available at HermitageArtistRetreat.org/ArtfulLobster2021.

The Hermitage welcomes artists to its Gulf Coast Manasota Key campus for residencies of several weeks to develop new works of theater, music, visual art, literature, dance, etc. As part of their residencies, Hermitage Fellows participate in free community programs.

Hermitage programs are supported, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts; Sarasota County Tourism Development Tax Revenue; the Gulf Coast Community Foundation; the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; and the Sarasota County Community Foundation.

All of the Hermitage’s live programming through the end of 2021 will continue outdoors with headquarters far away. For more information visit HermitageArtistRetreat.org.

Upcoming Hermitage programs

• Friday December 3 at 5 pm: “Connections”With Hermitage Fellows Lisa E. Harris and James Anthony Tyler (Live at the Hermitage Beach / Also via Live-Stream).

• Sunday December 12 at 2 p.m .: “Hermitage at La Baie: Muse (ic) and Poetry” with Hermitage Fellows Francine J. Harris, Mae Yway and Ishion Hutchinson (Live at The Bay Park).

• Friday December 17th at 5.30pm: “The Edge of Music” with Hermitage Fellow Luke Stewart (live at Booker High School).

Submitted by Lynn Riechmann

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UNC Music Teacher’s Project Highlights Importance of Women Composers https://schlammpeitziger.com/unc-music-teachers-project-highlights-importance-of-women-composers/ https://schlammpeitziger.com/unc-music-teachers-project-highlights-importance-of-women-composers/#respond Tue, 09 Nov 2021 02:24:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/unc-music-teachers-project-highlights-importance-of-women-composers/ [ad_1] From her performances to her lessons, Clara Yang broadens the definition of classical music. “The two words, ‘classical music’, do not refer only to a narrow range of composers. Classical music is now so broad, ”said the associate professor of music at UNC. “Classical music now encompasses a very wide range of composers. “ […]]]>


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From her performances to her lessons, Clara Yang broadens the definition of classical music.

“The two words, ‘classical music’, do not refer only to a narrow range of composers. Classical music is now so broad, ”said the associate professor of music at UNC. “Classical music now encompasses a very wide range of composers. “

Yang, head of keyboard studies at the university, said his interest in underrepresented voices in music began after completing his classical training.

Although she expressed her gratitude for the program she studied and the people who trained her as a pianist, she said her independence as an artist allowed her to reflect on her goals and his impact as a performer.

“In the process, you start to rethink, as a performer, your role as a performer in society,” Yang said. “What you do, what you play, not just how you play matters.”

Now Yang has a project coming up with the UNC Process Series involving a showcase of performances in all different disciplines which highlights new works in progress. Yang’s performance, titled “Her Story: Journey into the Musical Worlds of Women Composers”, will take place on April 23-24.

The event is expected to feature the compositions of three acclaimed composers: Amy Beach, Florence Price and Liliya Ugay. Yang and her co-presenter Sunmi Chang, Founder and Artistic Director of the Summit Chamber Music Series, will perform pieces throughout the concert.

Beach was a white American musician from the Boston area who became one of the first women to receive national recognition for her compositions in the early 1900s.

Yang said Beach has gone out of her way to help other women throughout her career.

“She helped a lot of people early in their careers,” Yang said. “She was the head of many institutions. She promoted women and women’s work. (Chang and I) both fell in love with her music immediately. Her music really conveys a lot of emotions very easily.”

Florence Price was a black composer from Arkansas. In 1933, she became the first female composer of African origin whose symphonic work was performed by a large American symphony orchestra.

Yang spoke of Price’s masterful talent and the variety of influences she has drawn from her music.

“(Price) had really awesome composition skills and his language, his musical language, is also really amazing,” Yang said. “She is inspired by spirituals and there are also a lot of western techniques in her approach. Her music is just very moving and obviously really reflects her personal experience.”

The third composer, Ugay, is an award-winning assistant professor of composition at Florida State University. She composed a piece called “Mother Tales” especially for this performance.

Yang spoke about the connection she has with both Chang and Ugay. All three are Asian-American mothers, which makes the performance especially special, she said.

“It’s really wonderful to be able to collaborate with other Asian musicians,” said Yang.

Yang said she does not dispute what is already included in the basic repertoire of classical music in higher education, but wants to add to it. More specifically, she wants to highlight the work of under-represented composers, not only for their identity, but also for their talent.

“Classical music has a core repertoire that often doesn’t include these composers, so we want to uplift underrepresented composers, their works,” Yang said. “What I mean is that it’s not just about saying that because they’re women we want to play them, which is also a good reason, but I want to point out that their works are truly amazing. The merit of their work is worthy of any concert hall, and that is the point.

In her classes last fall, Yang said she had assigned a project which focused on research and interpretation of the works of black composers.

“It was both encouraging and appalling to discover so many previously lesser known or less heard artists and composers,” said one of Yang’s students, Sydney Thai, a biology and music student, in a report. -mail. “There have been so many pieces by African American composers that are original, nuanced, and full of meaning, but are less well known or performed simply because the composers did not have the same exposure or opportunity as their white colleagues. . “

Thai performed Price’s “Fantasie No. 2” in G minor. A video of the performance of the whole class is available on the UNC Department of Music YouTube Channel.

With the upcoming spring performance, Chang said in an email statement that she was grateful for the chance to share her dream project as part of the UNC process series. She will perform alongside Yang in “Her Story: Journey into the Musical Worlds of Women Composers”.

Chang was born in South Korea and left the country at the age of 14 to study music around the world. Her personal experiences had an impact on how she entered the classical music scene, she said.

“Looking back, there were a lot of incidents where it was really about the fact that I was a young Asian girl, hence race, gender, age. I didn’t think about it. not much back then, and even throughout my graduate years, ”Chang wrote. “Now, as a mature adult, I’m thinking more about what kind of influence I can have as a musician on the next generation of artists and what I can do to encourage the classical music scene to bring it to life. balance she needs. “

Yang is also excited about the new direction classical music is taking.

“I think it’s really interesting and really great that people are starting to think about things more broadly,” Yang said. “I kind of wanted to push the boundaries of the definition of classical music. It’s really not just what people think.”

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Marie de Minsk – Atlantic Council https://schlammpeitziger.com/marie-de-minsk-atlantic-council/ https://schlammpeitziger.com/marie-de-minsk-atlantic-council/#respond Sun, 24 Oct 2021 16:04:00 +0000 https://schlammpeitziger.com/marie-de-minsk-atlantic-council/ [ad_1] One could forgive to think that Maria Kalesnikava and Tatsiana Khomich are not sisters. Aside from the height of their voices and the same warm eyes, the two siblings are nothing alike and couldn’t be more different. However, since Maria’s imprisonment as part of a brutal government crackdown in Belarus, Tatsiana has found herself […]]]>


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One could forgive to think that Maria Kalesnikava and Tatsiana Khomich are not sisters. Aside from the height of their voices and the same warm eyes, the two siblings are nothing alike and couldn’t be more different. However, since Maria’s imprisonment as part of a brutal government crackdown in Belarus, Tatsiana has found herself championing the cause of her sister and that of the more than nine million Belarusians living under a growing regime. dictatorial.

Kalesnikava is one of the leaders of the democratic movement in Belarus. She is currently serving an eleven-year prison sentence in Belarus on false charges. Maria is brash, daring, stubborn and outspoken. Tatsiana is anything but. When she speaks, you have to lean forward to hear her.

With her white blonde hair and ubiquitous fire red lipstick, Maria stood out last year after joining forces with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Veranika Tsapkala in a grassroots movement that captured the hearts of Belarusians and almost ended the 26-year reign of dictator Alyaksandr. Lukashenka.

The three women were the replacements for the male candidates Lukashenka jailed ahead of the August 2020 presidential election in Belarus. The former boss of the collective farm believed Belarusians would never vote for a woman. He couldn’t have been more wrong.

Maria represented presidential candidate Viktar Babaryka, a banker and philanthropist with whom she had collaborated for years on art projects. Maria and Veranika supported Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, who then likely won the presidential vote. However, no one knows the real result of the election because Lukashenka rigged the count.

The events that followed are well known: Lukashenka stepped up his repressive apparatus after hundreds of thousands of Belarusians crowded the streets across the country in an unprecedented wave of protests demanding a different future.

In the aftermath of the August 2020 vote, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was forced to flee to Lithuania, while Veronika had already left the scene before the poll. Of the three opposition leaders, Maria alone remained and joined the great protest movement. The regime wanted to get rid of her and kidnapped her on September 7, 2020. They tried to deport her to Ukraine, but Maria resisted, tearing up her passport at the border.

“If she wants something, she will. She’s a little stubborn, ”Tatsiana laughs. “It was a message that no one can force you to leave the country or do something against your will. She has a strong sense of justice.

After showing distrust at the border, Maria was later arrested and sentenced to 11 years in prison for conspiring to seize power, leading an extremist organization and threatening Belarus’ national security. The case looked like a Soviet-era lawsuit and was closed to the public. Maria has since filed an appeal with the Supreme Court to dismiss the case.

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The 39-year-old musician turned politician is currently being held alone in a holding cell and will be transferred to a women’s colony in Homel, where she will have to work. She has access to television and limited offers in the library, including the Russian version of Harvard business review. But she does not have access to her flute, nor even to a CD player. The Bach enthusiast also likes modern music.

She spends her 50 minutes outside running in the small prison yard, even though “she hates running,” says Maria’s sister, Tatsiana. In an interview with the BBC, Maria attributed her upbeat mood to the manic discipline she developed as a musician.

Tatsiana says that she and Maria come from an unusual family background by Belarusian standards. Hanging up a husband was not a priority. “We grew up in an environment of free discussion,” she says.

It was a democratic family and their mother always wanted her daughters to be independent. Two years ago their mother passed away and their father still lives in Minsk. Since his arrest he has seen Maria twice. Despite her incarceration, she remains positive and strong.

Maria has become a prodigious writer. She typically writes two letters a week to her sister and replies to thousands of people around the world. “She knows she’s not forgotten,” Tatsiana says. (Write to Maria here.)

On October 19, Tatsiana accepted the John S. McCain Freedom Award from the International Republican Institute in Washington. Tatsiana regularly travels across Europe to talk to parliamentarians and artists about her sister’s case. Claudia Roth, vice-president of the German Bundestag, has adopted Maria as her goddaughter, and Tatsiana is looking for an outspoken champion in Washington to do the same.

Perhaps the most heartbreaking part of Maria’s case is that she never intended to get drawn into the net of Belarusian politics.

A native of Minsk and a flautist, Maria divided her time between Germany and Belarus before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, going back and forth every two weeks.

In 2019, she landed a job as artistic director of a cultural center in Minsk called OK16, which was sponsored by Belgazprombank (before becoming a presidential candidate, Babaryka was previously CEO of the bank).

In her role as artistic director, Maria would bring in musicians from Germany, Poland and Lithuania. As the pandemic set in, life in Germany came to a complete halt, so she chose to stay in Minsk.

In May 2020, Belarusian presidential elections were called for August and Maria volunteered to join Babaryka’s team. After working with him on art projects, it became clear that they had a common vision and shared the same values. They decided that if anything happened to Viktor or his son, Maria would be the face of the movement. Viktor was arrested on June 18.

Tatsiana says that Maria’s thirteen years in Germany had a strong influence on her. She received her Masters in Stuttgart and cherished her freedom as an artist and as a human being. In an interview that Maria gave before her arrest in 2020, she told me: “No artist can realize himself in a system of non-freedom or censorship”.

“She lived in [Germany,] a country with human dignity. What could be more important? concludes Tatsiana.

Melinda Haring is the Deputy Director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council. She tweets @melindaharing.

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