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Deloitte Ignite preview: Six of the best

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

25 August 2011 at 1.12pm | Comment on this article

With the Mike Figgis-curated Deloitte Ignite Festival with its theme of 'Just tell the truth' opening tomorrow (Sept 2nd), we thought we'd delve into the digital depths of YouTube to have a look at the work of a few of those involved...

Mark Thomas

Writer, activist and comedian Mark Thomas may be known for his political activism, but for Deloitte Ignite he presents the personal tale of his father's unlikely love of opera - a man with an affinity for both profanity and Puccini who in his later years has developed the debilitating illness progressive supranuclear palsy. This clip shows Thomas taking on the might of McDonalds back in the 1990s:

Mara Carlyle

Dubbed "The Missy Elliot of the classical world", the acclaimed Mara Carlyle straddles contemporary pop and classical music. Having released her album Floreat on August 22nd, Mara will be talking about the songwriting process and playing songs that reflect the more classical side of her material.

Alber Elbaz

Internationally acclaimed fashion designer and Lanvin creative director Alber Elbaz will be throwing some light on the nature of truth and catwalk. In this short interview from last year's Paris Fashion Week, Alber talks to the New York Times about his work and designing for women:

Matthew Herbert

Matthew Herbert is no ordinary musician/producer. One Pig - his latest work to receive its world premiere at Deloitte Ignite - sees him create a audiovisual elegy to the life of a Pig using audio samples of the animal's life from birth to death in order to pose questions surrounding the consequences of our actions. The performance will also feature instruments made from his pig as well as onstage cookery. In this clip, Matthew talks about the concept and the production of the piece:

Eva Yerbabuena

One of the world's premier exponents of flamenco, dancer Eva Yerbabuena has received acclaim and awards the world over. At Deloitte Ignite, she performs with Spanish guitarist Paco Jarana, her husband and co-director of Eva Yerbabuena Ballet Flamenco.


Fancy yourself as a Fashionista? Transforming the Clore Studio into a fashion house, festival goers are invited to drop in and work with Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby AKA Boudicca as they create continually evolving couture.

...and that's just the tip of Mike Figgis's multi-disciplinary iceberg - there are plenty more artists, speakers and events happening over the weekend.  If that's whet your appetite, find out more about Deloitte Ignite and tickets on the Royal Opera House site.

Are you coming to Deloitte Ignite? What are you most looking forward to? Tell us via the comments below, share on our Facebook or Tweet us!

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

25 August 2011 at 1.12pm

This article has been categorised Exhibition, Music, Screening, Talk and tagged alber elbaz, arts, boudicca, mara carlyle, mark thomas, matthew herbert, Mike Figgis, ROH2

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