They come from all over Asia and the United States. They are today’s established masters in their fields and tomorrow’s rising stars. They are archeologists, architects, artisans, arts administrators, art critics, choreographers, composers, conceptual artists, conservators, craftspeople, dancers, film makers, installation artists, musicians, new media artists, painters, photographers, printmakers, sculptors, video artists, video conservators, and also artists and scholars whose work defies categorization. They are the carefully selected grantees of the Asian Cultural Council.
With the curatorial care and assistance of the ACC team, these artists work intensively, rise to new challenges, and discover the possibilities and implications of their work as experienced in entirely new and different settings. Each is defined by a singularly inspiring talent and vision, and each redefines the cultural landscape through meticulously crafted explorations and projects.
For almost 50 years, the ACC has nurtured over 6,000 artists. Here is a rich archive of their extraordinary work, which beautifully reflects our mission to provide meaningful cultural exchange and to create limitless, lifelong opportunities for artistic collaboration among our network of alumni grantees.
Grantees: 2013 (year)
2013 | Architecture | India
ACC supported the travel to India to consult on a living cultural heritage museum on Majuli Island in Assam State, India. Dr. Villalon was invited by longtime ACC advisor S.K. Misra, Chairman of the Indian Trust for Rural Heritage and Development (ITRHD), to assist in the planning of a rural museum on Majuli Island in India.
Afghanistan National Institute of MusicAfghanistan
2013 | Music | United States
ACC supported performances by the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in Washington, D.C. and New York City in 2013. Together with funding from the US Embassy in Afghanistan, the World Bank, and the Carnegi Corporation, ANIM brought 54 Afghan musicians to present concerts and participate in creative residencies in the United States. This represents an extraordinary opportunity for these students and many of their teachers, the majority of whom have never had the chance to travel outside of Afghanistan.
Lincoln Center for the Performing ArtsUnited States
2013 | Theater | China
ACC supported the presentation of Chen Shi-Zheng's Monkey: Journey to the West at the Summer 2013 Lincoln Center Festival. Monkey: Journey to the West was conceived, written, and directed by New York-based director Chen Shi-Zheng and based upon one of the four great classical epics of Chinese literature. The show features music by Damon Albarn, lead singer of Blur and recognized as one of the United Kingdom's most influential musicians, as well as the Dalian Acrobatic Troupe of Liaoning Province, one of the most well-known acrobatic troupes in China. ACC has been supporting artists traveling from Asia to participate in the Lincoln Center Festival since its inception in 1996, helping the Festival offer over 1,200 performances of music, opera, theater, dance, and interdisciplinary works, and welcome artists from over 50 countries, including China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The Watermill CenterUnited States
2013 | Theater | United States
ACC supported the participation of artists from Indonesia in a residency program at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center to develop "R.I.T.E: A Rising in the East", an opera based on the epic conflict between the Balinese and the Dutch in early 20th century Bali. Mr. Wilson's project is co-produced by the Bali Purnati Center for the Arts, a nonprofit cultural foundation founded by ACC grantee Restu Kusumaningram (2004), and Change Performing Arts, a Milan-based independent production company. During the residency at Watermill, Balinese and Western artists work together on the development of an opera. The Indonesian artists invited to be a part of the residency include Rahayu Supanggah, one of Indonesia's leading composers; Desak Made Suarti Laksmi, acclaimed Balinese composer, dancer, singer, and scholar; and Nukila Amal, a widely-read young Indonesian writer. Also participating in the residency is Ms. Kusumaningram and producer/director and ACC grantee Rhoda Grauer (1996-1998), as well as renowned designer Tip Yip, whose work on Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon won an Academy Award.
Spoleto Festival USAUnited States
2013 | Theater | United States
ACC supported Toshio Hosokawa's opera Matsukaze, in Spoleto Festival USA's first Japanese opera production. Spoleto has an ongoing commitment to supporting experimental and innovative work, and to developing the audience for Asian performance by presenting work that allows audiences an increased understanding and appreciation of Noh theater and contemporary Japanese opera. Toshio Hosokawa is one of Japan's most important contemporary composers. Hosokawa's concept combines contemporary and traditional styles to breathe new life into the genre of opera using Japanese dramaturgy.
The Wooster GroupUnited States
2013 | Theater | Asia General
ACC supported The Wooster Group's research in Hong Kong and Shanghai towards the development of their theater production, Murder in San Jose, by Hong Kong playwright and 2004 ACC grantee Candace Chong Mui-Ngam. Following this initial research trip, production development, rehearsals and work-in-progress showings of Murder in San Jose will take place in New York City. The Wooster Group plans to present the completed production of Murder in San Jose at the Hong Kong Arts Festival in advance of a long run in New York City in the 2015 season. Murder in San Jose will then join the company's touring repertory and be performed throughout the U.S. and internationally.
Cambodian Living ArtsCambodia
2013 | Visual Art | United States
ACC funding enabled contemporary visual artists from Cambodia to participate in Season of Cambodia (SoC), a multi-platform interdisciplinary arts and culture festival held in New York City. Over 120 Cambodian artists and cultural professionals with cultural and academic organizations will gather for the festival. SoC will showcase creative artists of international reputation and influence, give voice to important new works and practitioners, and celebrate the powerful and significant historical practices, art forms, and artifacts that continue to resonate today. It intends to create opportunities to recognize and reflect on Cambodia's artistic legacy, its current practice, and the ways in which culture plays a significant role in the social, emotional, and economic rebuilding of post-trauma nation states. Cambodia's cultural regeneration, fueled in part by the activities of a creative and deeply engaged Cambodian Diaspora, is also a key touchstone for the project. The fiscal sponsor for this grant is the New York Foundation for the Arts.
WCV, IncAsia General
2013 | Dance | Asia General
ACC supported a collaborative project involving ACC grantees Wally Cardona (2012), Proeung Chhieng (1999 JDR 3rd Awardee), and classical dancer Heni Winahyuningsih. Mr. Cardona initiated a new project in 2012, Honorific, with support from the ACC, in which he engaged master dance artists (many of them former ACC grantees) in Indonesia, Cambodia, and Myanmar to share their training, ideas, and performance traditions with him. Traveling through Southeast Asia, Mr. Cardona worked intensively with master dancer and 1999 JDR 3rd Awardee Proeung Chhieng to further develop a piece that will be completed and presented for audiences during a residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in New York. Proeung Chhieng, former Dean of Choreographic Arts at the Royal University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh, played a critical role in reviving the classical dance tradition in Cambodia after the devastation wrought by civil war and the Khmer Rouge. Support for Mr. Cardona's work with Mr. Proeung is part of the ACC's Past/Forward program, in which the achievements of ACC alumni are celebrated in our 50th Anniversary year by supporting collaborative projects between them. Mr. Cardona will travel to Yogyakarta, Indonesia for the next phase of Honorific, working with master Javanese classical dancer Heni Winahyuningsih.
Amrita Performing ArtsCambodia
2013 | Dance | Asia General
ACC supported dancers from Amrita Performing Arts to allow participation in three important regional events in Asia in 2013: the Melaka Art and Performance Festival Melaka, Malaysia, T.H.E. Contact Dance Festival in Singapore, and the 2013 regional conference of the World Dance Alliance in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Jian Dai and Elena DemyanenkoUnited States
2013 | Dance | China
ACC provided support for Jian Dai and Elena Demyanenko to travel internationally from the United States to China topresent work at the Beijing Modern Dance Festival and participate in workshops with the Guangdong Modern Dance Company.