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Today, members of the Royal Ballet are performing an amazing mixed program during Deloitte Ignite, which is a month-long contemporary arts festival at the Royal Opera House in Lo—wait, what? You're saying you can't make it to England on such short notice? Well, do I have news for you.

Today's Royal Ballet performance will be live-streamed at 6:50 pm London time (that's 1:50 pm if you live on the East Coast). And there's a lot to watch. The program, Sampling the Myth, will include excerpts from Apollo, The Firebird, The Dying Swan, Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake and Wayne McGregor's Raven Girl. And as if that weren't enough, there will be a premiere by choreographer Aakash Odedra and three dance films with choreography by Robert Binet, Charlotte Edmonds and Kim Brandstrup.

Here's a little taste of the magic that's to come. First, a short promo video for the event:

Now for something a little more meaty. Check out this video of Sarah Lamb and Eric Underwood rehearsing Raven Girl with Wayne McGregor:

And here's Odedra in rehearsal with dancers for his new work, Unearthed, based on the Greek myth of Prometheus:

Sampling the Myth will be streamed live on the Royal Ballet's YouTube channel, or on the Royal Opera House's website. Happy Saturday!

It seems like ballet companies are all about breaking that fourth wall these days!

If you had fun browsing through Henry Leutwyler's behind-the-scenes photos of New York City Ballet, you'll be happy to hear that The Royal Ballet recently allowed a photographer—from London paper "The Guardian"—backstage, too, to document its latest triple-bill performance. There are shots of everything from Firebird Mara Galeazzi's elaborate makeup and glamorous headpiece to sweaty, intimate rehearsal moments with superstars (and real-life super-couple) Alina Cojocaru and Johan Kobborg.

Take a look—it's the perfect way to while away a lazy Sunday morning.

(All photos by Tristram Kenton)

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