Mentors and protégés in Dance

Through the years

Alexei Ratmansky & Myles Thatcher

2014-2015

Alexei Ratmansky & Myles Thatcher

For American choreographer Myles Thatcher, the opportunity to be mentored by Alexei Ratmansky is extraordinary. “Most new choreographers are trying to tweak a trend, but Alexei is inspired by what’s at the heart of classical ballet,” he says.

Lin Hwai-min & Eduardo Fukushima

2012-2013

Lin Hwai-min & Eduardo Fukushima

Eduardo Fukushima moved from Brazil to Taiwan for the mentoring year to observe Lin Hwai-min’s Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. Lin Hwai-min exposed his protégé to different ways of living and different forms of the arts that have enriched him artistically.

Trisha Brown & Lee Serle

2010-2011

Trisha Brown & Lee Serle

Lee Serle is one of Australia’s most gifted young dancers; after a year performing for internationally acclaimed choreographer Trisha Brown, he is back in his home town, Melbourne, ready to create new dances enriched by the experiences of his mentoring year.

Jiří Kylián & Jason Akira Somma

2008-2009

Jiří Kylián & Jason Akira Somma

The mentor was seeking a new direction in his work, focusing on technology. In his protégé, he found a gifted young talent ready for a playful, enriching and exacting exchange of knowledge.

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Anani Dodji Sanouvi

2006-2007

Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker & Anani Dodji Sanouvi

For both the protégé and his mentor, the relationship of dance to music is fundamental. This strong connection brought them together in Brussels for a year of learning and sharing.

Saburo Teshigawara & Junaid Jemal Sendi

2004-2005

Saburo Teshigawara & Junaid Jemal Sendi

It began with Junaid watching Saburo Teshigawara managing lights and arranging the stage. It ended with him dancing a major role in the Tokyo premiere of Kazahana.

William Forsythe & Sang Jijia

2002-2003

William Forsythe & Sang Jijia

Forsythe was impressed by Sang Jijia’s concentration and watchfulness. “That level of concentration is all I work on! It’s our only product.”