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Watch: Charlotte Edmonds rehearses her new short film with Royal Ballet dancers

Dance film exploring Greek myth Leda and the Swan will have its premiere at this year’s Deloitte Ignite festival and stars Claire Calvert and Eric Underwood.

By Hayley Bartley (Assistant Content Producer)

14 August 2014 at 11.37am | Comment on this article

Rising choreographic talent Charlotte Edmonds is creating her first dance film for Deloitte Ignite 2014.

The film will be screened at the Royal Opera House during the month-long festival of contemporary arts, which includes many free events.

The Indifferent Beak – inspired by W.B. Yeats’s poetic adaptation of Leda and the Swan – will have its world premiere as part of Sampling the Myth on 5 September. The film will also be broadcast live and free on giant screens in the Paul Hamlyn Hall alongside two other new film commissions from choreographers Kim Brandstrup and Robert Binet.

In the Leda and the Swan myth, the god Zeus seduces Leda by transforming himself into a swan. Royal Ballet dancers Claire Calvert and Eric Underwood will play the parts of Leda and Zeus in this new film adaptation of the tale.

‘[The dancers] have a really good chemistry’, says Charlotte. ‘I think it’s important to have that, especially with this story.’

Charlotte studied at The Royal Ballet School before continuing her training at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance. This short film for Deloitte Ignite will be a career-first for the young choreographer.

‘If I am choreographing something on stage, I have this blank canvas, a box; and it’s easy to map out positions and structures’, says Charlotte about the process. ‘But with film, you’ve got to think about what the camera angle is going to be, where the location is going to be…It’s really made me grow as a choreographer.’

Sampling the Myth runs until 7 September and includes a collaboration between Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili and dancer-choreographer Aakash Odedra; extracts from Mikhail Fokine’s The Firebird and The Dying Swan, Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s Apollo and Wayne McGregor’s Raven Girl; and the world premiere of a new dance piece by Rambert’s Miguel Altunaga.

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.

By Hayley Bartley (Assistant Content Producer)

14 August 2014 at 11.37am

This article has been categorised Dance and tagged Charlotte Edmonds, Claire Calvert, Deloitte Ignite, Eric Underwood, Film, Leda and the Swan, Rehearsal, studio, The Indifferent Beak

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