Flotilla of highbrow arts names floats into Cape Town

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Flotilla of highbrow arts names floats into Cape Town

Weekend features protégés with their mentors in the fields of dance, architecture, music and literature

Gary Cotterell

Early in 2018, I attended a weekend of performances, exhibitions and talks in Berlin, Germany that marked the end of the 2016-2017 cycle of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. It featured composer Philip Glass, architect David Chipperfield, author Mia Couto, film director Alfonso Cuarón, multimedia artist Joan Jonas and playwright-actor Robert Lepage.

Many of these icons made themselves freely available for one-on-one discussions. Debate over the future of arts education, a multimedia performance by Japanese-Peruvian composer and intermedia artist Pauchi Sasaki, and a performance by young SA dancer Londiwe Khoza left a lasting impression.

But Berlin is a long way to go for the arts, so you’ll be pleased to learn that Rolex has chosen the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town to host this year’s event. It will feature the work of the 2018-2019 cycle of protégés with their mentors in the fields of dance, architecture, music and literature...

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