“Light is volume,” says Jennifer Tipton, who believes that mentors can have a life-long effect. “I’m curious to learn about Jennifer’s creative process," says her Mexican protégé Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez.
Stepping outside his experience as a director of experimental theatre in Poland has been a breath of “fresh air” for Michał Borczuch. The late French director Patrice Chéreau opened his mind. “It is essential that artists are free to build their own world,” said Chéreau.
The protégée believes for theatre to remain vital, she must “make noise and create change”. During their dramatic year of travel and sharing, her mentor showed her how he has been doing just that for three decades.
A heightened, formal and intense relationship resulted when two actors were paired together for the first time in the history of the Arts Initiative. It was a one-of-a-kind work/life collaboration.
An experience in Balinese theatre served as essential inspiration for each of these unconventional directors.
Sir Peter Hall assumed he was going to be working with a fellow director. He soon discovered that Lara Foot was a talented playwright too.
First I said to myself: ‘No.’ Then I thought that with him (Federico) I’d be taking the biggest risk. It’s exciting when you really don’t know yet what will develop.”
July 2014 The Zoukak Theatre Company and Cultural Association company appeared at London’s LIFT Festival.
October 2013 Celebrated director Patrice Chéreau, Rolex Arts Initiative theatre mentor in 2012– 2013, died on 7 October.