The third Deloitte Ignite festival took place from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 September 2010 and was another resounding success. From contemporary dance and music performances to soundscapes, films, installations and balloon forests, the festival was modern, edgy and innovative - and there really was something for old and young alike!
This year the curator for 2010 was the internationally renowned pianist, composer and auteur Joanna MacGregor. Joanna took her inspiration from forests: forests as a place of quiet, reflective beauty, mystery and discovery, as places of fairytale narrative, as well as metaphorical spaces. She invited artists to create forests all over the Royal Opera House in different materials: recycled and reclaimed wood, organic materials, old costumes and mannequins, shimmering projections and reflecting pools. From fairytale-inspired films to curve-ball faux-museums dedicated to the story of Hansel and Gretel, visitors were encouraged to think creatively as they entered forest spaces and let their imaginations run wild. The theme of opera and ballet interlaced through the festival’s forests, which also subtly hinted at Covent Garden’s old flower market.
“I thought the ROH Deloitte Ignite festival this year was absolutely sensational. I loved the forests and fairytales theme, and how that was reflected through the festival, in really unique ways”
Deloitte Ignite volunteer
Deloitte Ignite 2010 saw over 8,000 visitors during the festival weekend of which 600 were Deloitte employees and friends/family with 18 Deloitte people volunteering as ushers. To find out more and see highlights from the festival, take a look at the photo album.