Royal Opera House, Bow Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DD
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.
Explore the modern retelling of myth in this diverse mixed programme of performance and film. 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.
The programme also includes extracts of Mikhail Fokine’s The Firebird, 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. The UK’s foremost writer on myth Marina Warner provides accompanying text.
The performances also include the world premieres of three specially commissioned short dance films that explore the origins and retelling of Leda and the Swan, from choreographers Robert Binet of the National Ballet of Canada, rising talent Charlotte Edmonds and the internationally renowned Kim Brandstrup.
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.