Icarus is the brand new outdoor work from Southpaw. Featuring an impressively mythic set of wings, with blistering lifting and contact work alongside Southpaw’s distinctive mix of intense physicality and narrative, Icarus is a dance theatre interpretation of the classic Greek myth.
“Southpaw’s open-air work combines the combative prowess of its performers with punchily rhythmic dynamics” The Guardian.
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Icarus is available for touring (contact firstname.lastname@example.org).
Icarus exists as both a promenade performance with a unique lifting mechanism that allows Icarus to soar above audience members, and a static 30 minute dance theatre production that relates the narrative of Icarus’s encounter with the Sun.
“Icarus opens with an arcane collective ritual in which the men – Icarus in white, four accomplices in black, all smeared with shamanic face paint – jab their arms upwards, then brandish white flags, as if to invoke some higher power. Icarus (Samuel Baxter) is bestowed an impressively mythic pair of wings… and lifted skywards into a hurtling encounter with Laura Vanhulle as an imperious, gold-painted sun goddess.” The Guardian
Icarus was co-commissioned by GDIF and The Place through Stomping Ground, Stockton International Riverside Festival and South Tyneside Council. The restaging of Icarus for touring in 2019 was made possible by Arts Council England.
Image courtesy of Rich Kenworthy