Matías Umpierrez (who has dual Argentina/Spain nationalities) has great expectations of his collaboration with mentor Robert Lepage whose interdisciplinary work matches his own artistic views, and mixes technology with human sensitivities.
For Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez, the opportunity to see how Jennifer Tipton adds complex meaning to a production through her lighting has changed his life.
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.”
April 2017 With the aid of his mentor Robert Lepage, Matías Umpierrez is continuing to explore the parameters of the oral tradition that engendered the modern form of theatre.
January 2016 Lara Foot, who was mentored by Sir Peter Hall in 2004−2005, is adding to her growing international reputation as a writer and theatre director with her role running Cape Town’s Baxter Theatre Centre.
September 2015 From theatre to opera, from Dublin to London, director Selina Cartmell is enthralling audiences with tales of tragedy and darkness.