Watch highlights from the Rolex Arts Weekend

June 2016

For the design and construction of a tea chapel in South Korea, protégée Gloria Cabral and mentor Peter Zumthor ingeniously infuse the philosophy and aesthetics of an East Asian tea ceremony, creating a unique building that bridges cultures and beliefs.

Dance protégé Myles Thatcher’s Body of your dreams is a vibrant dance exploration of contemporary obsessions with exercise and body shape. This multi-layered work, performed by San Francisco Ballet dancers, was choreographed by Thatcher, with set design and lighting by fellow protégés Gloria Cabral and Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez.

How does one film director learn from another? Protégé Tom Shoval salutes the generosity of his mentor, Alejandro González Iñárritu, who explains how the dramatic opening sequence of his multi-Oscar-winning film, The Revenant, was inspired by (fellow Rolex mentor) Martin Scorsese who had planted the seeds of the idea 14 years ago.

While literature mentor Michael Ondaatje looks on, protégé Miroslav Penkov reads an excerpt from his recently-published first novel, Stork Mountain, presenting a vivid and moving account of the harsh and cruel lives of impoverished villagers in his home country, Bulgaria.

Composer and protégé Vasco Mendonça provided one of the opening works for the Rolex Arts Weekend. The Boys of Summer, based on a Dylan Thomas poem about the passage to manhood, is performed by mezzo-soprano Susan Platts, who was the Rolex music protégée in 2004─2005.

This surprising and innovative installation, evoking a range of radically different emotions, was created by theatre protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez using old, broken and discontinued lighting devices. Rodríguez was mentored by Jennifer Tipton, one of the world’s greatest lighting designers.

Protégé Sammy Baloji’s vast and powerful photo collage and installation based on the architecture in the city of Dakar and surrounding villages yields numerous insights into post-colonial identities and African urbanization, extending far beyond photography, according to mentor Olafur Eliasson.