Rolex Officially Announces The 6th Rolex Creative Arts Recommendation Funding Program

Lin Huaimin and Rolex’s Creative Arts Recommended Funding Program Finalist Eduardo Fukushima
     On May 17, 2012, Rolex officially announced the final selection of dance students in the sixth Rolex Creative Funding Program. As a student selected by Lin Huaimin himself, young dancer Eduardo Fukushima, only 28 years old, will be under the guidance of Lin Huaimin, Asia’s premier choreographer.
    As a dancer and choreographer, Eduardo Fukushima, with Italian and Japanese descent, is loved and affirmed by both the public and critics in Brazil. Fukushima graduated in 2011 from the Faculty of Body Art of the Catholic University of São Paulo. He studied modern dance with some of Brazil’s top dancers and created his first solo performance in 2004. His recent dance works, Both Contentions (2008) and How to Overcome the Great Tiredness? (2009/2010), have won widespread acclaim. These works start with gestures and movements, from shallow to deep along a main line.
    In the eyes of his dance teacher Lin Huaimin, dance moves are the transmission of inner spirit. Fukushima said: ‘I like to study rhythm. I dance because my body leads me to dance constantly.’ Under the guidance of the choreographer Lin Huaimin, he was fortunate enough to get ‘opportunity to change his destiny’ and deepened his Recognize dance movements and strengthen your choreography skills. Fukushima hopes to continue to study Chinese and Japanese dance techniques to better understand the oriental elements in his bloodline.
    In the coming year, Lin Huaimin and Eduardo Fukushima will form a one-to-one combination and make progress together in this kind of groundbreaking interactive communication. Eduardo Fukushima was able to get Lin Huaimin’s careful guidance for a whole year, including long-term and in-depth exchanges with Lin Huaimin, sharing and improving works of art.
    The Rolex Creative Advice Funding Program aims to discover talented young artists from around the world, engage them in one-year collaborations with art masters, and receive one-to-one careful guidance during this period. Among the many art masters, Lin Huaimin is the second Chinese artist after Zhang Yimou to serve as an art mentor for the Rolex Creative Funding Program. This project was officially launched in June 2002 and is held every two years. Now it has reached its sixth term (2011-2012). The plan aims to preserve the world’s artistic heritage. In keeping with the brand’s tradition of respecting outstanding personal achievements, Rolex hopes that this program will inspire young artists to learn, create and grow. Rolex invites art masters in the fields of dance, film, literature, music, theater, and visual arts to give independent guidance to talented young artists. Each pair is free to choose the most effective communication method. Every two years, an advisory panel of outstanding artists and experts will recommend and approve a group of art mentors. After engaging with the mentor and obtaining their consent, Rolex will work with them to develop student selection criteria. Each mentor will receive $ 50,000 as a reward. At that time, the project will form nomination groups in six different art fields. The nomination team consists of senior experts who are responsible for nominating suitable candidates. To ensure that the entire process is fair and equitable, members of the nomination team remain anonymous during the selection process. Nor can art mentors participate directly in nominations. Rolex will invite each candidate nominated by the nomination group to submit an application. Afterwards, the nomination team will study all applications and identify the three finalists. The entire selection process is of great significance. The experts of the nomination team can learn about 20 young people with excellent potential in their respective fields. Finally, the Rolex brand will arrange art mentors to meet with the finalists, and the art mentors will determine their students. Art mentors and students stay together for no less than 6 weeks, but usually they take longer to share knowledge and experience. The time and place of the guidance are mutually agreed. From the students to observe the work of art mentors, to the cooperation between art mentors and students, the guidance method is very flexible. Throughout the year, Rolex will maintain close contact with art mentors and students and provide a variety of logistical support. To help achieve this goal, a Rolex staff will be assigned to each group of students and mentors to provide them with logistical support. The program aims to build meaningful bonds and creative collaborations between students and mentors through one-year student training and uninterrupted teaching interaction. At the end of the training year, participants will be invited to participate in Rolex brand events, which will showcase the artistic work created during the year, celebrate their achievements and introduce the work to the public.
List of Mentors for the 6th Rolex Creative Arts Recommendation Funding Program
Lin Huaimin, Instructor of Rolex Creative Arts Recommended Funding Program
    Lin Huaimin, 64, is regarded as Asia’s premier choreographer. Since the establishment of the Cloud Gate Dance Theatre in Taiwan, he has pioneered contemporary Chinese dance for almost 40 years. He skillfully merged a variety of dance styles and won high praise from The New York Times. ‘Lin Huaimin has brilliantly blended Eastern and Western dance techniques with dramatic ideas.’
    According to Lin Huaimin, when he saw the famous British film ‘The Red Shoes’ when he was 5 years old, he was deeply attracted by dance. He watched the film 11 times. However, it was not until ten years later that he was determined to become a dancer after watching a performance by pioneer choreographer José Limón.
    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Lin Huaimin received training in Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham’s New York studios. In 1973, he returned to his hometown of Taiwan and established China’s first contemporary dance company, the Cloud Gate Dance Company. His early works, including his first work, Tale of the White Serpent, reinterpreted grand Chinese traditional epics and operas from a contemporary perspective. In the 1990s, Lin Huaimin gave up the previous narrative method, and began to gradually downplay specific cultural concepts, and created a new dance expression in this way. As a result, the dance group became famous. Representative works at this time include ‘Songs of the Wanderers’ and ‘Moon Water’. These works are inspired by the Chinese concept of ‘Tai Chi’ and traditional calligraphy art. ‘Tai Chi’ contains China’s ‘qi’, or ‘energy’ philosophy. Lin Huaimin explained: ‘For me, dance is not about expressing a specific meaning, but showing the movements, dynamics and energy of the body.’ His purpose is to stimulate the emotional impulse of the audience. The ‘Cursive trilogy’ and Recent works such as Water Stains on the Wall have such magic.
    Lin Huaimin founded a new dance company Cloud Gate 2 in 1999 to train young choreographers in Taiwan. He has won many prestigious awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the International Movimentos Dance Prize in Germany; in addition, Lin Huaimin has won art and literature for his equally outstanding writing talents Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters; In 2005, he was ranked in the ‘Asia’s Heroes’ of the Asian edition of Time magazine.