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