Cape Town is preparing to play host to some of the world’s most respected creative geniuses during The Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative later next month.
The event, taking place at the Baxter Theatre, pairs artistic masters with talented young artists for a creative collaboration across seven disciplines – architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.
The aim is to contribute to global culture by ensuring that the world’s artistic heritage is passed from one generation to another.
Some of the masters taking part in the weekend long event include William Kentridge, Peter Sellars and Wole Soyinka, while their eight protégés have been selected from around the world and include South Africa’s Lara Foot (theatre), Edem Awumey (literature, Togo) Maya Zbib (theatre Lebanon), Anani Dodji Sanouvi (dance, Togo), Antonio García Ángel (literature, Columbia), Aurelio Martínez (music, Honduras), Josué Méndez (film, Peru) and Mateo López (visual arts, Columbia).
The weekend’s programme, which includes four public events, starts on Friday April 5 at 4pm with a workshop by South African visual and theatre artist William Kentridge entitled ‘Getting Started’, which explores the origin of ideas and impulses and how they become artistic material.
Later that day Aurelio Martínez will perform with Neo Muyanga and Friends in the Baxter Concert Hall at 8pm.
He has been praised for his ability to fuse African and Caribbean-Indian influences and will be sharing the stage with a local band.
On Saturday April 6 at 3pm world-renowned American opera, theatre and festival director Peter Sellars will lead a workshop entitled ‘Artists on the front line’.
Themes such as ‘How do artists respond to conflict?’ and ‘How can they be part of the solution?’ will be explored.
The public events will culminate in a discussion involving all the mentors.
* Tickets range in price for the various events from around R5o for student tickets to R180.
Booking is through Computicket.