Join us for a month of Myth with the award-winning Deloitte Ignite. Curated by The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery’s Minna Moore Ede, this year's festival is a feast of dance and visual art.
Inside the Royal Opera House video artist Bill Viola exhibits his Fire Martyr (2014) from the St Paul’s Cathedral installation ‘Martyrs’, alongside an exhibition of photographic artwork from Tom Hunter and Mat Collishaw and a unique sound installation from sound recordist Chris Watson.
In the light-filled Paul Hamlyn Hall festival curator Minna Moore Ede presents giant replicas of works by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo inspired by Leda and the Swan. Against this backdrop the Paul Hamlyn Hall hosts a range of dance, spoken-word, poetry, film-screening and musical performances and activities, including: Royal Ballet Artist Calvin Richardson performs his acclaimed interpretation of the Dying Swan; renowned yoga instructor Ross Rayburn leads a series of mass-participatory yoga sessions suitable for the all abilities; choreographer and Royal Ballet Soloist Kristen McNally present an open rehearsal for her new work for BalletBoyz the TALENT; and the broadcast of specially-commissioned dance films from Robert Binet, Charlotte Edmonds and Kim Bandstrup on giant screens within the Hall.
Acclaimed street artist Phlegm decorates the Royal Opera House with large-scale illustrations of mythical creatures in an iconic 21st-century response to Ancient beliefs, and choreographer Luca Silvestrini with his company Protein takes over the shop fronts of the piazza colonnade in interactive street performances that blend original choreography, music and humour.
From 12 noon:
Work by award-winning photographic artist Tom Hunter is on display in the Linbury Foyer
Reproductions of iconic Renaissance paintings, drawings and engravings hung on giant canvasses around the Paul Hamlyn Hall.
StoryStock bring their circus of stories and family-friendly activities to the Amphitheatre Bar, firing up children’s creativity and imagination in a mask-making workshop, using the children’s creations to bring to life the Gods and Goddesses of the ancient world.
Screening of The Immortal Swan, Linbury Studio Theatre
A combination of documentary material and performance extracts explore the life of legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova.
12–1.45pm | 2–3.45pm
Yoga, Paul Hamlyn Hall
Explore the ‘breath of life’ and ‘the sacred fire within’ in the calm of the Paul Hamlyn Hall through mass-participatory yoga sessions led by international yoga instructor Ross Rayburnand his team. There is no need to bring a mat. Places awarded on a first-come-first-served basis.
12.15–12.45pm | 1–1.30pm | 1.45–2.15pm | 4–4.30pm | 4.45–5.15pm | 5.30–6pm
Choreographing the Myth, with Kristin McNally, Clore Studio
See a new dance work in creation with Royal Ballet Soloist and choreographer Kristen McNally.
12.30pm | 3.45pm
Snakes and Thunderbolts: The Gods and Goddesses of Mount Olympus, Amphitheatre Restaurant
StoryStock present a family performance by storyteller Xanthe Gresham.
Screening of Leda and the Swan, by Kim Brandstrup, Linbury Studio Theatre
Villains in Ballet – panel discussion, Linbury Studio Theatre
A light-hearted panel discussion led by Kevin O’Hare, Director of The Royal Ballet, with dancers on the greatest of villainous ballet roles.
Screening of Leda and the Swan, by Robert Binet, Linbury Studio Theatre
Screening of The Indifferent Beak, by Charlotte Edmonds, Linbury Studio Theatre
In Conversation with Tom Hunter and Colin Wiggins, Linbury Studio Theatre
Associate Artist Curator Colin Wiggins talks to contemporary artist Tom Hunter about his influences, inspiration and the sense of myth in his work.
Talk: Minna Moore Ede, Paul Hamlyn Hall
Join Deloitte Ignite curator and Renaissance curator for the National Gallery on a tour of these giant facsimiles of masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
4.35pm | 5pm | 5.20pm
Sabrina Mahfouz, Paul Hamlyn Hall
A poetry performance by the Sky Academy Arts Scholar for poetry.
A performance of Royal Ballet Artist Calvin Richardson’s version of the famous Dying Swan solo in the Paul Hamlyn Hall.
Big Screen live relay of Sampling the Myth in the Paul Hamlyn Hall.
(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.