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Watch: Aakash Odedra rehearses his new piece with Royal Ballet dancers for Deloitte Ignite 2014

Design will feature collaboration with Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili, who will paint directly onto dancers.

By Lottie Butler (Assistant Content Producer)

7 August 2014 at 3.52pm | Comment on this article

Award-winning dancer / choreographer Aakash Odedra is collaborating with acclaimed artist Chris Ofili to create a new work for Deloitte Ignite 2014, a month-long festival of dance and visual art. Many events are free.

The piece, which will have its world premiere as part of Sampling the Myth on 5 September, combines contemporary and classical Indian dance.

‘I'm working with five classically trained Royal Ballet dancers. I’ve not trained in ballet and so I want to find a language between these two forms of dance,’ says Aakash. ‘It’s a bit like a confluence where two opposite cultures come together to create something ritualistic and primal that people can understand instinctively.’

The piece is inspired by the myth of Prometheus, who created man by moulding him out of clay. Turner Prize-winner Chris Ofili, who collaborated with The Royal Ballet for Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, will paint directly onto the dancers, transforming them into living canvasses.

‘Collaborating with Chris Ofili is an integral part of the overall aesthetic of the evening,’ says Aakash. ‘There is an interesting part in Prometheus about the first man made of clay, and so the idea of having a substance on you and why it is relevant is interesting to explore. He has also been giving me ideas to enhance choreographic process.’

Sampling the Myth, which runs until 7 September, combines a wide range of dance and visual art in a modern exploration of ancient myths. The programme includes extracts of works by Wayne McGregor, Mikhail Fokine, Matthew Bourne, George Balanchine and Miguel Altunaga, as well as three short dance films by Charlotte Edmonds, Kim Brandstrup and Robert Binet. Find out more and book tickets.

Deloitte Ignite, a contemporary arts festival curated by The Royal Ballet and Minna Moore Ede, runs from 5-28 September and includes a wide range of free and ticketed events.

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