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Kim Brandstrup’s “Leda and the Swan” with Zenaida Yanowsky & Tommy Franzen….

December 19, 2014
Zenaida Yanowsky & Tommy Franzen in “Leda and the Swan”

Zenaida Yanowsky & Tommy Franzen in “Leda and the Swan”

Choreographer and director Kim Brandstrup’s short dance film Leda and the Swan, commissioned by The Royal Ballet for Deloitte Ignite 2014. Performed by dancers Zenaida Yanowsky and Tommy Franzen, and Yeats’s poetry read by actor Fiona Shaw.

Deloitte Ignite 2014 is the annual contemporary arts festival at the Royal Opera House and was curated by The Royal Ballet and The National Gallery’s Minna Moore Ede. This year’s festival is a feast of dance and visual art.

The month-long festival celebrated and explored the origin of myth and creation through dance, visual art, film, music and movement. The festival focused on two archetypal myths: Prometheus, the Titan who creates man from clay and steals fire from the Gods, and Leda and the Swan, the mysterious conjunction of a mortal woman and the god Zeus, disguised as a swan.

Music by Nico Muhly (Diacritical Marks 1, 2 & 6)

Poems by W.B. Yeats

Poems Read by Fiona Shaw

Cinematographer: Stephen Standen

Producer: Lucie Conrad

Choreography, directed & edited by Kim Brandstrup

Dancers: Zenaida Yanowsky & Tommy Franzen

Commissioned by The Royal Ballet for the Deloitte Ignite Festival 2014

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