14 October 2014 at 1.33pm | Comment on this article
Danish choreographer and director Kim Brandstrup’s short dance film Leda and the Swan is now available to watch online.
Leda and the Swan is based on the ancient Greek myth of the seduction of Leda by the god Zeus, disguised as a swan. Zenaida and Tommy play the parts of Leda and Zeus, while Shaw reads extracts from the W. B. Yeats poem of the same name.
Leda and the Swan had its premiere on 5 September as part of Deloitte Ignite, the annual contemporary arts festival which opens each Royal Opera House Season. This year the festival was inspired by the theme of ‘myth’ and was curated by The Royal Ballet. Two other choreographers’ dance films – Robert Binet’s White Rush and Charlotte Edmonds’ The Indifferent Beak – also had their first public screenings during the festival.
Kim returns to Covent Garden in November when his ballet Ceremony of Innocence will have its London premiere. The piece, to be performed by The Royal Ballet for the first time, is a response to the work of Benjamin Britten and had its premiere at the 2013 Aldeburgh Festival in celebration of the composer’s centenary year.