5–7 September 2014
Sampling the Myth combines dance and visual art in a modern exploration of ancient myths through performance and film.
You can watch Sampling the Myth for free via The Royal Opera House website and YouTube Channel at 6.50pm BST on Saturday 6 September 2014. The event will be available to watch online anywhere in the world (with a small number of exceptions). Find out more.
The programme includes:
- Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili collaborates with rising star choreographer Aakash Odedra in a world premiere inspired by the myth of Prometheus. Ofili paints directly on to bodies of dancers of The Royal Ballet, transforming them into transient living canvases in perfect complement to Odedra’s unique style that blends contemporary and classical Indian dance.
- Extracts of Mikhail Fokine’s The Firebird and The Dying Swan, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Apollo, Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl and the world premiere of a new piece by Rambert’s Miguel Altunaga. Marina Warner, the UK’s foremost writer on myth, narrates accompanying text.
- Three short dance films that explore the origins and retelling of Leda and the Swan will have their world premieres. The films have been created by National Ballet of Canada’s Robert Binet, rising choreographic talent Charlotte Edmonds, and internationally renowned choreographer Kim Brandstrup. These will also be broadcast live and for free on giant screens in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, alongside the live performances.
(Please note: due to limited space in the Paul Hamlyn Hall, we will operate a first come first served policy for all free ticket holders for the live screening. If you are unable to attend at the Royal Opera House, don’t forget we will stream the whole of Sampling the Myth live online on Saturday 6 September at www.roh.org.uk/deloitteignite
Claim your free Digital Guide with the code myth14. (Please note: Guide usually £2.99. Code valid until 1 October 2014)