bursaries are generous fellowships---providing airfare,
studio, stipend, room and board---to over 40 residency
programs around the world. Two Fellowships are awarded
annually to the Instituto Sacatar, one in visual arts
and the other in theater/puppetry/performance. The
deadline for applications is April 30, 2006. The UNESCO
fellowships have geographic restrictions; for the
Sacatar Fellowships, artists must come from Africa,
Asia, the Middle East, Australia or the Pacific islands.
Each residency's restrictions are different, so check
opportunities for your discipline and geographic area at
This is a great program!
THE INAUGURATION...AT LAST
Photo by Taylor Van Horne.
On February 17, as the sun
set on a beautiful afternoon, we celebrated the
inauguration of the new studios and workshops of the
Instituto Sacatar. The studios have evocative names:
Água (Water), Terra (Earth) and Esfinge (the Sphinx).
Along with the comfortable and elegant new
administration building and the spacious workshop, all
recently built, a new architectural era at Sacatar
Australian sculptor Vicky Shukuroglou in
the Water Studio.
Photo by Mitch Loch.
Invited guests from the
island and Salvador visited the artists in the new
studios and watched a theatrical performance in a
café-théatre setting, beneath the coconut grove.
Jamaican writer OPAL PALMER ADISA opened the evening's
presentations, reading some slightly erotic love poems
to the island of Itaparica (in English, followed by
Portuguese translation). We then listened to excerpts of
a piece by Italian composer LUCIO GREGORETTI.
The highlight of the
evening was a theatrical piece, with SOLANGE LIMA, a
Brazilian acrobat and theater performer living in Paris,
and dona DINALVA DO CÉU, a poet from the island of
Itaparica. Solange performed high in the air on a rope
hanging between two coconut palms while dona Dinalva
declaimed her improvisational verses below. There was a
buzz of confusion and amazement in the audience when, as
part of the performance, Dinalva took scissors and
whacked off most of Solange's hair.
Dona Dinalva comes from one
of the poorest neighborhoods on the island of Itaparica.
This was her first theatrical presentation in all her 68
years. Solange conceived and directed the collaboration
with Dinalva. LUCIO GREGORETTI did the sound design.
(Solange plans to take this production to Paris for
France/Brésil 2006 and on tour through Europe and Japan
in 2007.) The event was further graced by the
distribution of DINALVA DO CÉU's first published
chapbook, with illustrations and production design by
the Australian artist, VICKY SHUKUROGLOU.
Dinalva do Céu and recently shorn Solange Lima after
Photo by Mitch Loch.
The multi-purpose evening
was also a going-away party for the last group of
residents (December 28, 2005 – February 20, 2006)
comprising, for the first time in the history of
Sacatar, artists from five continents:
Gregoretti , composer from Rome, Italy
Opal Palmer Adisa , a Jamaican
writer, living in Oakland, California
Long Bin Chen , sculptor from Taiwan
• Vicky Shukuroglou, sculptor
• Solange Lima , a
Brazilian circus performer living in Paris, France.
The party was held the day
before LONG-BIN CHEN's birthday and happened to fall on
the very day of Solange's. (Hence the haircut: it was a
shocking re-birth!) A special birthday cake, as
delicious as it was beautiful, finished off the evening
in high style.
Solange Lima, Long-Bin Chen and their
Taiwanese-Brazilian birthday cake.
Photo by Mitch