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Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory short films to have their premiere at Deloitte Ignite 2014

Actors perform poems on film, and voice animated films inspired by the festival's theme of myth.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 September 2014 at 12.27pm | Comment on this article

Actors Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory will be part of Deloitte Ignite's opening weekend, reading famous interpretations of the Prometheus and Leda myths.

Helen will perform W. B. Yeats’s Leda and the Swan (1924) and his later poem The Mother of God (1932), while Damian reads the story of Prometheus from Ted Hughes’s Tales from Ovid (1997).

Damian said of the festival: 'There’s a cross-pollination of art forms, so we’ve got dance, singing, we have the visual arts. I think the important thing about a festival like this is that these different art forms can come together while remaining independent and expressive in their own way.

‘Theatre - I would argue - more than any other art form - can encompass and bring all these things together… where better to bring all these art forms together and for you to come and enjoy yourself? Please don’t miss it.’

Damian and Helen's films will be shown on a big screen in the Paul Hamlyn Hall in advance of the live relay of Sampling the Myth performances on 5, 6 and 7 September. The performance on Saturday 6 September will be streamed live online around the world from 6.50pm BST.

As well as shooting these films, Damian and Helen have lent their voices to short animations telling the stories of Prometheus and Leda and the Swan. These films were commissioned from recent graduates of Kingston University's Illustration and Animation degree course, the same institution the ROH partnered with for last Season's Opera Shorts series.

The month-long Deloitte Ignite festival celebrates and explores the origin of myth and creation through dance, visual art, film, music and movement.

Deloitte Ignite, curated by The Royal Ballet with the National Gallery's Minna Moore Ede, runs 5–28 September and includes a wide range of free and ticketed events. Tickets are still available for some events.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

4 September 2014 at 12.27pm

This article has been categorised Dance and tagged Band of Brothers, Covent Garden, Damian Lewis, Deloitte Ignite, festival, free, Helen McCrory, Homeland, Leda and the Swan, London, Medea, myth, Prometheus, W.B Yeats, Wolf Hall

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