News: A feast for the senses

Tuesday 9 September 2008

This weekend the Royal Opera House throws wide its doors with a new three day festival of events/performances/exhibitions, promising to be quite unlike anything seen in the building before.

Deloitte Ignite will be an annual event programmed by a guest curator each year. Resident choreographer Wayne McGregor opens the first festival with a characteristic splash of the surprising and intriguing based on the senses and includes visual arts, dance, chocolate and perfume.

“It might not necessarily be an opera or a ballet audience who turn up, but that’s a good thing. We will have a few hundred people at a time experiencing a range of things in any order that they like.” says McGregor in the Time Out brochure produced to accompany the event.

Events take place throughout the Opera House and its surrounds take place all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and are free. Attractions include a new public artwork by Julian Opie, a commissioned video installation by Ravi Deepres, sound installations by Shirazeh Houshiary and Jane and Louise Wilson, a scent experience by Jo Malone with artist Cecilie Egeberg, chocolate tasting by Green and Blacks, scientific discoveries with leading neuroscientist Patrick Haggard, interactive performance installations by rAndom International and Ray Lee, a multi-mediamusic performance by Scanner with visual artist Sophie Clements alongside the latest in gaming from Blast Theory and Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s film Z_idane: a 21st century portrait._ Plus the chance to participate by contributing to Deloitte Ignite‘s digital exhibition. Each work will be located in the many public and performance spaces of the Royal Opera House allowing festival goers freedom to interact at their own pace with the abundant programme of events throughout each day.

A large scale new dance work by Wayne McGregor Random Dance with around fifty young people from East London will be performed in Covent Garden Piazza on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

For full details of the programme and video interviews with participants visit

Wayne McGregor talks to David Jays in the Times, 7 Sep 08

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