A Forest and Fairy-Tale Themed Festival

3, 4, 5 September 2010

Deloitte Ignite returns for its third year with a contemporary arts festival curated by internationally renowned pianist, composer and auteur Joanna MacGregor.

Joanna MacGregor will curate the Deloitte-sponsored festival, having taken inspiration from forest ideology, Joanna has invited artists to create forests throughout the Royal Opera House in different materials including recycled and reclaimed wood, organic materials, old costumes and mannequins, shimmering projections and reflecting pools. There are films, music and dance performances, soundscapes and installations. In amongst the forests are hints of the forthcoming Season as well as echoes of Covent Garden ’s old flower market.

The Deloitte Ignite 2010 line-up features specially commissioned work from award-winning designer/artist Dan Fern with filmmakers and installation artists Sophie Clements, Johannes Braun, Toby Cornish (together with students and graduates of The Royal College of Art), Mark Simmond, Dick Bird, Kathy Hinde and a Rapunzel-like cascade of hair by the young Anglo-French artist Alice Anderson. 200 year old opera costumes are also revived by Richard Williams and Janey Gardiner to create a Faded Forest of mannequins, animals and an Amazonian soundscape.

Vibrant opera-inspired soundscapes by Scanner and Matthew Fairclough, Powerful and influential music/compositions performed by ensemblebash, Norwegian composer and sound artist Maja Ratkje, Mira Calix, Romanian violinist Alexander Balanescu, Russian accordionist and singer Evelina Petrova, Balinese Orchestra Lila Cita and Lila Bhawa dancers. Other dance performances include ROH Associate Artists: Freddie Opoku-Addaie, Sarah Dowling, Aletta Collins (with Phoenix Dance Theatre) and Royal Ballet dancers and choreographers.

Actors from the Drama Centre London perform a series of operatic, ghostly vignettes from the likes of Hansel and Gretel, Tosca, Traviata and Rosenkavalier. Film fans are also well catered for as distinguished writer and cultural historian Marina Warner introduces fairytale-inspired films and four screenings of German silhouette animator and film director Lotte Reiniger’s magnificent The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926).

Three evening events feature a Lying Down Concert with EARTHRISE which include performances from Birmingham-based choir Ex Cathedra, aerialist Illona Jäntti and Joanna MacGregor, UNDERWOOD - A Live Gig Night featuring Jah Wobble and his Nippon Dub band, No Nation, Mercury Prize-winning tabla genius Talvin Singh partnered by cutting-edge electronica artist Leafcutter John, and Radio Zumbido from Barcelona, and a powerful conclusion to the perfect weekend with MONASTERY OF SOUND - A closing ceremony and performance by the remarkable Tashi Lhunpo Monks of Tibet.


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