ROLEX ARTS FESTIVAL: CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF MENTORING

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The “Rolex Arts Festival: Celebrating 20 Years of Mentoring” is a three-day event taking place on 26–28 May, 2023 in multiple venues across Athens to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
The festival marks the first time that Rolex has taken its mentoring programme to the Greek capital, along with dozens of the world’s most talented artists.
Multidisciplinary performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings, installations and discussions will show the achievements and creative relationships of more than 60 Rolex protégés and mentors.

The following events are only those taking place at the Athens Conservatoire.

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9:30 – 14:00 | INSTALLATIONS
Ω2 Complex

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Throughout the Rolex Arts Festival, the public is invited to experience installation works that Rolex fellows have created specially for spaces in the Ω2 Complex. Dream Wall by Selina Cartmell provides a blackboard on which visitors can inscribe their dreams. Federico León’s Los Tiempos presents a musical retrospective of his work over the years, performed by a self-playing piano. Repetition Compulsion by Dance fellow Jason Akira Somma is a digital funhouse mirror, which playfully distorts people’s images when they move or dance in the space. Museum of Fiction by Theatre fellow Matías Umpierrez comprises a group of light boxes that evoke his multidisciplinary show of the same title, reimagining Macbeth from different perspectives in post-dictatorship Spain.

Selina Cartmell (United Kingdom), Theatre protégée 2006-2007

Federico León (Argentina), Theatre protégé 2002-2003

Jason Akira Somma (United States), Dance protégé 2008-2009

Matías Umpierrez (Argentina), Theatre protégé 2016-2017

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 


10:00 – 11:00 | LITERATURE. A Word in Your Ear
Arts Lounge

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Following a public welcome to the Rolex Arts Festival, the Bulgarian writer Miroslav Penkov will introduce an international roster of Literature Rolex fellows to present the digital audio project A Word in Your Ear. Writings by all eight authors will be available to listen to for free. Performed in English and Greek by noted actors, festival goers have a chance to enjoy a peripatetic experience of modern literature on their mobile devices.

This talk will be in English with Greek translation available

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Naomi Alderman (United Kingdom), protégé 2012-2013
An Extract from The Liars Gospel Time passes in Jerusalem
translated into Greek by Panagiotis Kechagias
Read by actors Sir Simon Russell Beale (United Kingdom) and Dimitris Kataleifos (Greece)
Recommended 18 years +
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Edem Awumey (Togo-Canada), protégé 2006-2007
An Extract from Noces de Coton,
translated into English by Yahuda Shapiro
Read by actors Patterson Joseph (United Kingdom) and Stefan Mwange (Greece-Uganda)
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Colin Barrett (Ireland-Canada), protégé 2018-2019
An extract from The Ways, story from Homesickness,
translated into Greek by Martina Askitopoulou
Read by actors Niamh Cussack (Ireland) and Maria Nafpliotou (Greece)
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Julian Fuks (Brazil), protégé 2016-2017
A Time of Death, the Death of Time,
translated into English by Daniel Hahn, translated into Greek by Martina Askitopoulou
Read by actors Alex Jennings (United Kingdom) and Panos Vlahos (Greece)
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Antonio García Ángel (Colombia), protégé 2004-2005
An extract from Números redondos
translated into English by Joel Streicker, translated into Greek by Alexia Dimou
Read by actors Robert Glenister (United Kingdom) and Makis Papasimakopoulos (Greece)
Recommended 18 years +
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Julia Leigh (Australia), protégée 2002-2003
An extract from Disquiet,
translated into Greek by Panagiotis Kechagias
Read by actors Kerry Fox (New Zealand) and Kora Karvouni (Greece)
Recommended 18 years +
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Miroslav Penkov (Bulgaria), protégé 2014-2015
The Half-Blood,
translated into Greek by Kostas Spatharakis
Read by actors Arty Froushan (United Kingdom-Iran) and Jef Maarawi (Greece-Brazil)
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Tracy K. Smith (United States), protégée 2010-2011
Humour,
an extract from Ordinary Light, translated into Greek by Eva Pliakou
Read by actors Pippa Bennett Warner (United Kingdom) and Penelope Anastasopoulou (Greece)

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Producer: Celia de Wolff

Biography
Celia de Wolff is an award-winning radio producer who has directed a great many plays, dramas and books for the BBC over the past 30 years.
She was responsible for Radio 4’s all day broadcast of Tolstoy’s War and Peace .She produced the Radio 4 event dramatisation of Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time. She directed John Hurt in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell by Keith Waterhouse and has directed many stage plays including A Midsummer Night’s Dream, recorded on location in 26 acres of woodland at night.
Her audiobooks include the Stephen Fry recordings of the Harry Potter books.

Associate Producer: Alex Papasimakopoulou (Greece)

Sound Designer: David Chilton

Sound Engineer United Kingdom: Matt Bainbridge

Recorded in Redlight Studio, London and Grey Studios, Athens 2023

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

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11:30 – 12:30 | DANCE PERFORMANCE AND POST SHOW TALK:Óró
Ampitheatre Ioannis Despotopoulos

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Dance fellow Khoudia Touré presents her latest work, Óró, with local artists wherever it is performed, giving it fresh life in each new place. For the Rolex Arts Festival, Óró will be performed by an international cast of nine, including five Greek dancers, to live musical accompaniment. Following the performance, the choreographer will be joined for a brief discussion with Director-performer Euripides Laskaridis, and member of the Rolex Arts Festival Advisory Committee.

Programme Notes
Óró was born from an inclusive process of encounters, discussions, and artistic exchanges with young adults from different countries and multiple social backgrounds. The act of speaking, in oral or physical form, is the manifestation of one’s whole being.  It is proof of existence, leaving behind deep traces. Its power is also expressed through bodies dancing, a power acting beyond words, giving us the tools to tell our stories, and engage in a conversation with our audiences.

The post-show talk will be in English

Khoudia Touré (Senegal), choreographer and dancer, Dance protégée 2018-2019

Dancers: Rayan Amu (Togo), Emmanouela Antivasi (Greece), Sada Diop (United States, Senagal), Alesandra Harper (United States), Eleftheria Iliopoulou (Greece), Stelios Skouloudis (Greece), Petros Nikolidis (Greece), Maria Stamatiou (Greece), Christ Zié (Ivory Coast)

Musician: Julien Villa (France)

Lighting designer: Quentin Pallier (France)

Moderator: Euripides Laskaridis,
Director and performer, member of the Rolex Arts Festival Advisory Committee.

Biography:
Euripides Laskaridis was born in Athens, Greece. He studied acting in Athens and directing in New York. Since 1995, he has been performing, collaborating with artists such as Dimitiris Papaioannou and Robert Wilson, while in 2000 he began directing his own work, which includes staged and site-specific performances, as well as short films. In 2009, Laskaridis founded the OSMOSIS performing arts company and began presenting his work at major theatre venues, arts institutions, and festivals, on a world-wide scale, including the Athens Epidaurus Festival in Greece, Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, Julidans in Amsterdam, the Hong Kong Arts Festival, Festival TransAmériques in Montreal, Lyon Biennale de la Danse, Jerusalem Theatre Festival and more.

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 

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9:30 – 14:00 | INSTALLATIONS
Ω2 Complex

RAF

Throughout the Rolex Arts Festival, the public is invited to experience installation works that Rolex fellows have created specially for spaces in the Ω2 Complex. Dream Wall by Selina Cartmell provides a blackboard on which visitors can inscribe their dreams. Federico León’s Los Tiempos presents a musical retrospective of his work over the years, performed by a self-playing piano. Repetition Compulsion by Dance fellow Jason Akira Somma is a digital funhouse mirror, which playfully distorts people’s images when they move or dance in the space. Museum of Fiction by Theatre fellow Matías Umpierrez comprises a group of light boxes that evoke his multidisciplinary show of the same title, reimagining Macbeth from different perspectives in post-dictatorship Spain.

Selina Cartmell (United Kingdom), Theatre protégée 2006-2007

Federico León (Argentina), Theatre protégé 2002-2003

Jason Akira Somma (United States), Dance protégé 2008-2009

Matías Umpierrez (Argentina), Theatre protégé 2016-2017

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 


10:00 – 11:30 | TALK. New Legacies
Amphitheatre Ioannis Despotopoulos

RAF

This talk will be in English with Greek translation available / This event includes Greek sign language interpretation

Theatre fellow Lara Foot, Visual Arts fellow Sammy Baloji and Dance fellows Sang Jijia and Junaid Semal Sendi come together to discuss the broader social, cultural and political implications of their creative endeavours and consider how their energies resonate beyond the work itself.

Lara Foot (South Africa), Theatre protégée 2004-2005

Sang Jijia (China), Dance protégé 2002-2003

Junaid Jemal Sendi (Ethiopia), Dance protégé 2004-2005

Sammy Baloji (Democratic Republic of Congo), Visual Arts protégé 2014-2015

Moderator: William Kentridge (South Africa), Visual Arts mentor 2012-2013

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

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11:40-11:55 & 12:10-12:25 | PERFORMANCE: [÷] v.0.8 : Boléro
Ω2 Complex

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Theatre fellow Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez shares a live performance of his solo work [÷] v.0.8 : Boléro, specially adapted to the Installations space in Ω2 Complex. Using only light, shadow and the sound of his breath, the artist rises an invocation that surrounds the audience.

Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez (Mexico), Theatre protégé 2014-2015

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 

 


12:30 – 13:30 | THEATRE PERFORMANCE AND POST SHOW TALK: Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores
Amphitheatre Ioannis Despotopoulos

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Joined by musician Ben Covello and two Greek actors, Theatre fellow Whitney White will perform her work Unpathed Waters, Undreamed Shores , combining the words of William Shakespeare with her own text and music in an exploration of immigration, border-crossings and unexpected human connections. She will be joined after the performance for a discussion with her mentor, Phyllida Lloyd.

Whitney White (United States), Theatre protégée 2020-2022

Musician: Ben Covello (United States)

Actors (Greece): Iovi Fragatou, Penelope Anastassopoulou

Moderator: Phyllida Lloyd (United Kingdom), Theatre mentor 2020-2022

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 

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9:30 – 14:00 | INSTALLATIONS
Ω2 Complex

RAF

Throughout the Rolex Arts Festival, the public is invited to experience installation works that Rolex fellows have created specially for spaces in the Ω2 Complex. Dream Wall by Selina Cartmell provides a blackboard on which visitors can inscribe their dreams. Federico León’s Los Tiempos presents a musical retrospective of his work over the years, performed by a self-playing piano. Repetition Compulsion by Dance fellow Jason Akira Somma is a digital funhouse mirror, which playfully distorts people’s images when they move or dance in the space. Museum of Fiction by Theatre fellow Matías Umpierrez comprises a group of light boxes that evoke his multidisciplinary show of the same title, reimagining Macbeth from different perspectives in post-dictatorship Spain.

Selina Cartmell (United Kingdom), Theatre protégée 2006-2007

Federico León (Argentina), Theatre protégé 2002-2003

Jason Akira Somma (United States), Dance protégé 2008-2009

Matías Umpierrez (Argentina), Theatre protégé 2016-2017

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 


10:00 – 11:00 | WORK IN PROGRESS + TALK Sideways Mentoring: Translations
Ω2 Complex

RAF

This event will be in English

Film fellow Annemarie Jacir and Literature fellow Colin Barrett, who met and became artistic collaborators through the Rolex mentoring programme, discuss the film project they are currently creating. Greek actors perform excerpts of the script, bringing the work in progress to life, with Jacir and Barrett commenting. A discussion with the audience will follow the presentation, moderated by Film Director and Literature mentor Colm Tóibín.

Programme Note:
This presentation TRANSLATIONS focuses not just on the practicalities of collaboratively translating an artistic entity from one medium to another but also the in-between creative stage itself, where artists can blend their voices and visions, experiment, try out things, to together create a new work of art.

Colin Barrett (Ireland-Canada), Literature protégé 2018-2019

Annemarie Jacir (Palestine), Film protégée 2010-2011

Actors (Greece): Stella Antypa, Themis Bazaka, Marios Ioannou, Daphne Lianaki, Olga Pozeli

Moderator: Colm Tóibín, Literature mentor 2018-2019

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 


10:00 – 11:00 | PERFORMANCE AND TALK Sideways Mentoring: Listening to Walls Wear off their Colour
New Stage

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This event will be in English

Theatre fellow Maya Zbib, Dance fellow Lee Serle, and Visual Arts fellow Mateo López, who met and became artistic collaborators through the Rolex mentoring programme, will present and discuss their new work Listening to Walls Wear Off Their Colour. Zbib and Serle will both perform in the work, joined by two Australian dancers. George Mitropoulos, TV presenter and cultural journalist, will moderate a discussion with the three about the work.

Mateo López (Colombia), Visual Arts protégé 2012-2013

Lee Serle (Australia), Dance protégé 2010-2011

Maya Zbib (Lebanon), Theatre protégée 2010-2011

Dancers: Lilian Grace Steiner (Australia), Sophia Nomalanga Ndaba (Australia)

George Mitropoulous, Culture Journalist

Biography
Born in Athens, George Mitropoulos studied at National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, gaining an MA in Communication and Politics. Since 1995 he has reported on cultural issues and events for publications and websites, including 2004-2012 at ERT (Greek Public Television), where he became Editor in Chief. From 2010-2022. George was a member of different committees at the Greek Ministry of Culture, responsible for Performing Arts Policy and Public Grants in theatre, dance and cinema. Since 2013 he has been Culture Editor at Euronews Greece, and hosted discussions with Greek and international artists for Onassis Stegi and Athens Epidaurus Festival.

Programme Notes:

Within the constant displacement of people and global demographic shifts, can we create a space for contemplation? In today’s metropolises people cross paths but rarely meet. The performance forms an ever-shifting landscape revealing and concealing a myriad of moving bodies. Can an individual story trace the lines of a collective one? Can we open up a space for love between strangers amidst the overwhelming fear and loneliness we face?

 

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 


11:30 – 12:45 | TALK: Creative Alchemy
Amphitheatre Ioannis Despotopoulos

RAF

This talk will be in English with Greek translation available / This event includes Greek sign language interpretation

An eclectic group of Rolex fellows and mentors will join in a wide-ranging discussion of the elusive yet essential qualities that spark creative relationships, offering their insights into the cross-currents of influence and inspiration. Moderating the discussion will be Orestis Andreadakis, Artistic Director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.

Zakir Hussain (India), Music mentor 2016-2017

Carrie Mae Weems (United States), Visual Arts mentor 2020-2022

Pauchi Sasaki (Peru), Music protégée 2016-2017

Vasco Mendonça (Portugal), Music protégé 2014-2015

Chaitanya Tamhane (India), Film protégé 2016-2017

Chair: Orestis Andreadakis

Biography
Orestis Andreadakis is the Director of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival and Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. He was a founding member of the Athens International Film Festival “Opening Nights” (1995) and the Athens Open Air Film Festival (2010), where he was a director from 2007 to 2016. He has worked as a film critic and a journalist in newspapers, magazines and television and he has designed, curated and presented a number of art exhibitions in Athens, Thessaloniki, and Geneva. In 2017, he was the curator of the Greek Pavillion of the 57th Venice Biennale. In 2013, he was decorated as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by France. Dark Plural, his debut poetry book, was awarded the Golden Prize for Best Illustration at the 2022 Greek Visual Communication Design Awards.

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 

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13:15 – 13:45 | DANCE DOUBLE BILL: FALL and 05.49
Amphitheatre Ioannis Despotopoulos

RAF

Rolex Dance fellows Eduardo Fukushima and Myles Thatcher present a double bill of recent work. Eduardo Fukushima performs a concentrated solo work, FALL. Myles Thatcher shares his duet 05.49, performed by two members of San Francisco Ballet.

FALL

Creation and Performance: Eduardo Fukushima (Brazil), Dance protégé 2012-2013
Artistic Collaboration: Beatriz Sano
Lighting Design: Hideki Matsuka and Igor Sane
Sound Design: Eduardo Fukushima, Eduardo Magliano, Chico Leibholz and Veridiana Zurita
Costume: Irrita

With thanks to Casa Líquida

This solo is part of the project History of Gestures by Elisabete Finger with the support of Goethe Institute in Sao Paulo.

Programme Notes
We only fall twice in life, when we are born and when we die, and the rest is just acting.
The concept of this dance focuses on the ‘before the fall’, or a body that is constantly falling, where the fall materialises through thousands of micro-falls in the body.

05.49
Myles Thatcher (United States), Dance protégé 2014-2015
Sasha Edith De Sola, Principal Dancer at the San Francisco Ballet
Aaron Robison, Principal Dancer at the San Francisco Ballet
Jim French, Lighting designer
Music: Curious Yellow by CoH (featuring Little Annie)

Presented by Rolex in partnership with the Athens Conservatoire

 

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