Highlights from the Rolex Arts Weekend

December 2015

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and his protégée, Gloria Cabral from Paraguay, held a wide-ranging discussion about architecture and their Tea Chapel project near Seoul, Korea, in front of a capacity crowd of university students.

Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and his protégée, Gloria Cabral from Paraguay, held a wide-ranging discussion about architecture and their Tea Chapel project near Seoul, Korea, in front of a capacity crowd of university students.

Zumthor explains to the audience how his buildings like the Kolumba Museum in Germany (pictured) are the antithesis of dramatic form-making and rather derive from an emotional reaction.

Zumthor explains to the audience how his buildings like the Kolumba Museum in Germany (pictured) are the antithesis of dramatic form-making and rather derive from an emotional reaction.

Zumthor reveals to Cabral how he often thinks back to the architecture of his childhood, such as his great-grandfather’s farmhouse (pictured). “We all come from houses,” he says.

Zumthor reveals to Cabral how he often thinks back to the architecture of his childhood, such as his great-grandfather’s farmhouse (pictured). “We all come from houses,” he says.

 Zumthor describes how Cabral became an integral part of his 30-person atelier in Haldenstein, Switzerland, where she benefited from a “masterclass” in the group’s approach to architecture.

Zumthor describes how Cabral became an integral part of his 30-person atelier in Haldenstein, Switzerland, where she benefited from a “masterclass” in the group’s approach to architecture.

 Cabral talks about her design philosophy and how her inspirations are, by necessity, earthy and socially significant in a country like Paraguay.

Cabral talks about her design philosophy and how her inspirations are, by necessity, earthy and socially significant in a country like Paraguay.

 Zumthor refers to his many iconic projects, past and present, such as the innovative shape (pictured) that defines one of his current projects.

Zumthor refers to his many iconic projects, past and present, such as the innovative shape (pictured) that defines one of his current projects.

Cabral is enthusiastic about her year with master architect Zumthor who visited the practice she leads with her partner in Asunción, Paraguay.

Cabral is enthusiastic about her year with master architect Zumthor who visited the practice she leads with her partner in Asunción, Paraguay.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including an excerpt of Manifesto (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including an excerpt of Manifesto (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including an excerpt of Manifesto (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including an excerpt of Manifesto (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Frayed (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Frayed (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Frayed (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Frayed (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Frayed (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Frayed (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Centro Cultural del Bosque’s Teatro de la Danza was the venue for five spellbinding works, including Passengers (as pictured), by American dance protégé Myles Thatcher together with nine dancers from the San Francisco Ballet. Passengers was created for the dancers of the Joffrey Ballet.

Theatre protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez created the lighting design for the performance of Myles Thatcher's Body of your dreams.

Theatre protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez created the lighting design for the performance of Myles Thatcher's Body of your dreams.

A highlight of the dance performances was the world premiere of Body of your dreams, choreographed by dance protégé Myles Thatcher.

A highlight of the dance performances was the world premiere of Body of your dreams, choreographed by dance protégé Myles Thatcher.

A highlight of the dance performances was the world premiere of Body of your dreams, choreographed by dance protégé Myles Thatcher.

A highlight of the dance performances was the world premiere of Body of your dreams, choreographed by dance protégé Myles Thatcher.

A highlight of the dance performances was the world premiere of Body of your dreams, choreographed by dance protégé Myles Thatcher.

A highlight of the dance performances was the world premiere of Body of your dreams, choreographed by dance protégé Myles Thatcher.

The Teatro Julio Castillo of Mexico’s Centro Cultural del Bosque performing arts centre was filled to near capacity as Mexican three-time 2015 Oscar winner, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and his protégé, Israeli director Tom Shoval, discussed their mentoring year.

The Teatro Julio Castillo of Mexico’s Centro Cultural del Bosque performing arts centre was filled to near capacity as Mexican three-time 2015 Oscar winner, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and his protégé, Israeli director Tom Shoval, discussed their mentoring year.

Daniela Michel, Director of the Morelia Film Festival, moderates the lively discussion between Iñárritu (centre) and Shoval.

Daniela Michel, Director of the Morelia Film Festival, moderates the lively discussion between Iñárritu (centre) and Shoval.

Lifelong cinephile Shoval (right) reveals what he calls the overwhelming and humbling experience of working on location in the Canadian Rockies with his boyhood idol, Iñárritu.

Lifelong cinephile Shoval (right) reveals what he calls the overwhelming and humbling experience of working on location in the Canadian Rockies with his boyhood idol, Iñárritu.

Iñárritu (left) tells the audience how Shoval became part of his “film family” and how he too, despite at first being “terrified” to be a mentor, benefited from the mentor and protégé process.

Iñárritu (left) tells the audience how Shoval became part of his “film family” and how he too, despite at first being “terrified” to be a mentor, benefited from the mentor and protégé process.

The audience was privileged to view an extract of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s much anticipated new film, The Revenant.

The audience was privileged to view an extract of Alejandro González Iñárritu’s much anticipated new film, The Revenant.

An extract of Tom Shoval’s debut feature, Youth, provided the audience with a glimpse of middle-class life in Israel.

An extract of Tom Shoval’s debut feature, Youth, provided the audience with a glimpse of middle-class life in Israel.

Former theatre mentor Kate Valk reads excerpts of works by diverse authors, including Chekhov and Dashiell Hammett, admired by mentor Michael Ondaatje (centre) and his protégé Miroslav Penkov.

Former theatre mentor Kate Valk reads excerpts of works by diverse authors, including Chekhov and Dashiell Hammett, admired by mentor Michael Ondaatje (centre) and his protégé Miroslav Penkov.

Sri-Lankan-born, Canadian author Michael Ondaatje (centre) and Bulgarian protégé Miroslav Penkov discuss their year of mentoring, mutual interests and similarities in being immigrants to North America.

Sri-Lankan-born, Canadian author Michael Ondaatje (centre) and Bulgarian protégé Miroslav Penkov discuss their year of mentoring, mutual interests and similarities in being immigrants to North America.

Ondaatje reads from his own works as Kate Valk and Penkov absorb the words of the master poet and author.

Ondaatje reads from his own works as Kate Valk and Penkov absorb the words of the master poet and author.

Miroslav Penkov eloquently describes his literary journey from Bulgaria to the United States and the unique opportunity of working with Ondaatje who advised him on his first novel, Stork Mountain, to be published in 2016.

Miroslav Penkov eloquently describes his literary journey from Bulgaria to the United States and the unique opportunity of working with Ondaatje who advised him on his first novel, Stork Mountain, to be published in 2016.

Penkov reads from his novel Stork Mountain while Kate Valk looks on appreciatively.

Penkov reads from his novel Stork Mountain while Kate Valk looks on appreciatively.

Former visual arts mentor William Kentridge (centre) was among the many audience members who were intrigued  by the mentor and protégé interchange and Valk's eloquent readings.

Former visual arts mentor William Kentridge (centre) was among the many audience members who were intrigued by the mentor and protégé interchange and Valk's eloquent readings.

Music protégé Vasco Mendonça opened the Rolex Arts Weekend on 5 December with Mexican contemporary music group CEPROMUSIC performing his compositions, as well as a work, Lichtbogen, written by his mentor, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

Music protégé Vasco Mendonça opened the Rolex Arts Weekend on 5 December with Mexican contemporary music group CEPROMUSIC performing his compositions, as well as a work, Lichtbogen, written by his mentor, Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

British bass baritone Edward Grint performs Mendonça’s composition, Three Settings of Larkin, before the audience in the Teatro El Granero.

British bass baritone Edward Grint performs Mendonça’s composition, Three Settings of Larkin, before the audience in the Teatro El Granero.

Kaija Saariaho and Vasco Mendonça provide highlights of their mentoring year, which included encounters in cities around the world.

Kaija Saariaho and Vasco Mendonça provide highlights of their mentoring year, which included encounters in cities around the world.

José Luis Castillo conducts CEPROMUSIC as they perform compositions by protégé Vasco Mendonça.

José Luis Castillo conducts CEPROMUSIC as they perform compositions by protégé Vasco Mendonça.

Former music protégée, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, sings a rendition of Mendonça’s Boys of Summer.

Former music protégée, mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, sings a rendition of Mendonça’s Boys of Summer.

CEPROMUSIC performed the world premiere of Vasco Mendonça’s ensemble work, FIGHT/FLIGHT/FREEZE, during an exceptional afternoon of music.

CEPROMUSIC performed the world premiere of Vasco Mendonça’s ensemble work, FIGHT/FLIGHT/FREEZE, during an exceptional afternoon of music.

Theatre mentor Jennifer Tipton, called the “world’s most remarkable creator of lighting” by the New York Times, reveals how her protégé, Mexican lighting designer Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez, followed her on her various projects throughout the year.

Theatre mentor Jennifer Tipton, called the “world’s most remarkable creator of lighting” by the New York Times, reveals how her protégé, Mexican lighting designer Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez, followed her on her various projects throughout the year.

Protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez says he learned to open his eyes to the possibilities of light by working with Tipton in locations in the US, Europe and his home town Mexico City during the mentoring year. For Rodríguez, his life “has changed forever”.

Protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez says he learned to open his eyes to the possibilities of light by working with Tipton in locations in the US, Europe and his home town Mexico City during the mentoring year. For Rodríguez, his life “has changed forever”.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Rodríguez designed an innovative lighting installation using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices to create a surprising and original work that felt like a journey through light for the individuals who experienced it.

Protégé Sammy Baloji’s powerful photo collage and installation work adorned the entire wall of the Teatro Julio Castillo at the Centro Cultural del Bosque. The photographic mural focused on the young Congelese artist and photographer's experience with post-colonial identities, borders and African urbanization.

Protégé Sammy Baloji’s powerful photo collage and installation work adorned the entire wall of the Teatro Julio Castillo at the Centro Cultural del Bosque. The photographic mural focused on the young Congelese artist and photographer's experience with post-colonial identities, borders and African urbanization.

A large crowd listened to Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and his protégé Sammy Baloji as they discussed their mentoring year and the significance of Baloji’s photographic work.

A large crowd listened to Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and his protégé Sammy Baloji as they discussed their mentoring year and the significance of Baloji’s photographic work.

Eliasson talks about the genesis of creation and “giving an idea a body” as protégé Baloji looks on.

Eliasson talks about the genesis of creation and “giving an idea a body” as protégé Baloji looks on.

Baloji addresses the crowd and talks about the questions of identity that inspired the installation, the first time that the work has been shown.

Baloji addresses the crowd and talks about the questions of identity that inspired the installation, the first time that the work has been shown.

The vast photomontage installation made a striking display in the Teatro Julio Castillo lobby.

The vast photomontage installation made a striking display in the Teatro Julio Castillo lobby.

Former visual arts protégé Mateo López is captivated by the discussion between Eliasson and Baloji.

Former visual arts protégé Mateo López is captivated by the discussion between Eliasson and Baloji.

Sammy Baloji poses in front of his photographic installation.

Sammy Baloji poses in front of his photographic installation.