The Jakarta Post
Dancer Khoudia Touré is among the 2018 to 2019 protégés of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. (Rolex/Tina Ruisinger)
Swiss watchmaker Rolex will host the Rolex Arts Weekend on Feb. 8 to 9 at the Baxter Theater Centre in Cape Town, South Africa.
Similar to the past events, the Rolex Arts Weekend returns with a series of public programs, namely talks, readings, exhibitions and performances.
This time, the event will also feature two premieres featuring the work of the 2018 to 2019 protégés of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative with their mentors.
Launched in 2002, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts consistently looks out for young artists from a variety of disciplines and pairs them with distinguished figures.
The program takes place for about two years and mentors with protégés are required to interact for at least six weeks, according to their particular needs.
For the 2018 to 2019 mentoring period, the program features British architect Sir David Adjaye, tabla player Zakir Hussain, Canadian dancer Crystal Pite and Irish novelist Colm Toíbín as mentors. Each of them was asked to transfer their knowledge to their protégés, which include architect Mariam Kamara, young drummer Marcus Gilmore, dancer Khoudia Touré and novelist Colin Barrett.
In addition to the aforementioned programs, the Rolex Arts Weekend will also feature the Arts Symposium and Arts Weekend Cinema.
Rolex Arts Initiative head Rebecca Irvin said in a statement: “The Baxter is the most appropriate venue for the Arts Weekend.”
“Not only is it known for presenting a variety of progressive works, it is led by CEO and artistic director Lara Foot, herself a former protégée of theater great Sir Peter Hall in the 2004 to 2005 series,” she added. (jes/wng)