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Watch: The stories of Prometheus and Leda and the Swan

Ancient myth illustrated with new animations, voiced by Damian Lewis and Helen McCrory.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

5 September 2014 at 6.10pm | Comment on this article

New animations illustrating the ancient mythological tales of Prometheus and Leda and the Swan have been published to celebrate Deloitte Ignite 2014, a month-long festival that runs from 5-28 September.

The festival focuses on two archetypal myths: Prometheus, the Titan who creates man from clay and tricks the Gods; and Leda and the Swan, the union of a mortal woman and the god Zeus, when disguised as a swan.

The animations were commissioned from students on Kingston University's Illustration and Animation course, some of whom participated in last Season's Opera Shorts series. Mike Harvey and Sophie Standing directed and illustrated the Prometheus animation.

‘Prometheus is a metaphor for artistic creativity, which is why he is the centre of the festival,’ says actor Damian Lewis, who provides the voiceover for the Prometheus animation. ‘He was the first sculptor and the giver of life, which is the ultimate act of creativity.

The Leda and the Swan animation was created by Ellie Pritchard, Alice Stewart and Luisa Crosbie, whose Opera Short animation was published in May. Actor Helen McCrory provides the voiceover.

Helen and Damian have also filmed poetry readings, which will be played on a big screen in the Paul Hamlyn Hall during the festival. Find out more.

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. Find out more.

By Lottie Butler (Former Assistant Content Producer (News and Social Media))

5 September 2014 at 6.10pm

This article has been categorised Off stage and tagged animation, Ballet, Damian Lewis, Dance, Deloitte Ignite, Deloitte Ignite 2014, festival, Film, Helen McCrory, Illustration and Animation, Kingston University, Leda and the Swan, myth, Prometheus, ROH

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