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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 his 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 Dr 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.
On display in the Grand Staircase are two photographic works by contemporary artist Mat Collishaw: The Poisoned Page (2013) and Effigy (2013), which show the vivid beauty of nature as flowers are engulfed in beguiling, non-consuming fire.
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.