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BERLIN — The architect David Adjaye, the musician and composer Zakir Hussain, the choreographer Crystal Pite and the author Colm Toibin are the new mentors in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, which pairs distinguished cultural figures with emerging artists in their fields. The names of the new mentors, and of their protégés, were announced in a public ceremony on Monday at the Staatsoper here.
Rolex also announced that funding will be increased to allow some changes to the Arts Initiative, which began in 2002. It now has a major-name roster of mentor and protégé alumni, including David Chipperfield, Anish Kapoor, Mira Nair, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Alexei Ratmansky, Robert Wilson, Jessye Norman, Pico Iyer, Margaret Atwood, Nicholas Hlobo and David Aaron Carpenter.
The initiative has until now created yearlong pairings in seven fields: architecture, dance, film, literature, visual arts, music and theater. Starting in 2018, the program will expand to eight disciplines, but offer four at a time, each taking place over two years. Architecture, music, dance and literature will be the 2018-19 focus, while film, theater, visual arts and a “wild card” eighth discipline will run through 2020-21.
“We’ve realized after observing this for many years now that in many disciplines, the mentors and protégés needed more time together,” said Rebecca Irvin, the head of philanthropy at Rolex, in an interview. “It felt like they barely got going before it was over.” Ms. Irvin added that the rigorous and time-consuming selection process for the protégés meant that finding the final seven candidates for each cycle “felt like a rush.”