Running November 10-13, Live at the NYPL presents Rolex Arts Weekend will feature conversations with renowned artists Brazilian music legend Gilberto Gil, and the iconic opera diva Jessye Norman, along with poet Tracy K. Smith; South African visual artist Nicholas Hlobo; Lebanese playwright, actor and aspiring director Maya Zbib, among others. The weekend also includes performances by the emerging talents in dance, film, literature, music, theatre, and visual arts who were paired with master artists—Trisha Brown, Zhang Yimou, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Brian Eno, Peter Sellars, and Anish Kapoor, respectively—for a year of creative exchange by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Proceeds from LIVE from the NYPL presents the Rolex Arts Weekend will benefit the New York Public Library.
Gil and Norman will be in one-on-one conversations with Paul Holdengräber, Director of LIVE from the NYPL. For Literature Protege Smith, the festival features poems set to music, one by her and the other by her mentor Hans Magnus Enzensberger. Smith and Enzensberger will be on hand to introduce the works.
Visual Arts protege Hlobo‘s sculpture, Counting Figure, will be on display in the McGraw Rotunda and, like much of his work, is inspired by South African culture and overlays themes of sexuality on the intersection of the personal and political.
Lebanese playwright and actor Maya Zbib performs The Music Box, a one-woman show about homes, usually performed in people’s homes. Based on a series of collected and imagined stories narrating incidents, habits, practices, truths and possible truths about women, and what ties them to their homes.