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Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative - The programme

Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts initiative

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The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative brings artistic masters from seven disciplines together with highly promising young artists for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Since its launch in 2002, the programme has evolved into an enriching dialogue between artists of different generations, cultures and disciplines, fulfilling its aim to make a significant contribution to global culture.

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Behind every great artist is a great artist

Sir David Chipperfield and Simon Kretz

Mentor & Protégé, Architecture

Young Swiss architect Simon Kretz already has an impressive portfolio to his credit. “But only an experienced mentor like Sir David Chipperfield can take me to the next level of design thinking,” he says.

Sir David Chipperfield & Simon Kretz
Joan Jonas & Thao-Nguyen Phan

Joan Jonas and Thao-Nguyen Phan

Mentor & Protégée, Visual arts

Joan Jonas, a pioneer of video and performance art, is considered the “ideal mentor” by Thao-Nguyen Phan, from Vietnam, where she has pushed the boundaries of contemporary art by combining painting, video, performance and installation.

Alfonso Cuarón and Chaitanya Tamhane

Alfonso Cuarón and Chaitanya Tamhane

Mentor & Protégé, Film

Having had mentors throughout his life, Alfonso Cuarón is highly enthusiastic about the mentoring year. His Indian protégé Chaitanya Tamhane, with a much-awarded first feature but no professional cinema training, says: “A mentor figure is someone I have always craved.”

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Mia Couto & Julián Fuks

Mia Couto and Julián Fuks

Mentor & Protégé, Literature

Brazilian writer, critic and translator Julián Fuks and renowned, Mozambique-born novelist Mia Couto are united by their love of fiction and of the Portuguese language. Fuks anticipates that his time with Couto will be a “transformative experience”.

Robert Lepage and Matías Umpierrez

Mentor & Protégé, Theatre

Matías Umpierrez (who has dual Argentina/Spain nationalities) has great expectations of his collaboration with mentor Robert Lepage whose interdisciplinary work matches his own artistic views, and mixes technology with human sensitivities.

Robert Lepage & Matías Umpierrez
Philip Glass & Pauchi Sasaki

Philip Glass and Pauchi Sasaki

Mentor & Protégée, Music

During the mentoring year, Pauchi Sasaki, a Peruvian of Japanese descent, hopes, to create an orchestral and electronic-acoustic opera, under the guidance of her mentor Philip Glass, a pioneer of contemporary music and an acclaimed opera composer.

Ohad Naharin and Londiwe Khoza

Mentor & Protégée, Dance

South African neoclassical and contemporary dancer Londiwe Khoza wants to be “the kind of artist who changes people’s lives”. Her mentor, Ohad Naharin, of Israel, has influenced a generation of dancers by creating Gaga, a language of movement.

Ohad Naharin & Londiwe Khoza

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