|Allusion, Artistry, and
the Fall of Icarus
Icarus and the
Icarus. Winter, Paul. Common
Ground. Music by Ralph Towner. A&M Records, Beverly Hills, CA, 1978. AM SP 4698
Icarus. Hively, Wells
(1902-1969). 1961. Polish National Radio Orchestra, Vohdan Wodiczko, Conductor.
Composers Recordings, New York. CRI SD 254.
excerpts from Winter and Hively]
|The Fall of Icarus Ballet
Concept and Direction: Frédéric Flamand | Scenic Design and video sculptures:
Fabrizio Plessi | Original Music: Michael Nyman
|First part of the Trilogy created in 1989 at the Belgian National Opera:
is the myth of an individualised utopia, of freedom and liberation. Man thinks he is able
to triumph over the labyrinth of his earth-bound condition thanks to the artifice of his
feather and wax wings but he is punished for having defied the gods. His fall follows his
flight and the calamity that befalls him is a measure of his pride. (Michel Baudson).
The Fall of Icarus is presented as the epitome of our most vivid illusions : the
tension of imminent catastrophe, the obsessive utopia of our high-tech modernity , a
reminder of eternal human foolishness, the power of creation and of desire, metaphysical
terror, a new illusion of our "ideal cities" : all this is incorporated here in
a huge fresco by no means lacking in humour or stunning invention in which our memory and
media imagery are locked in confrontation. (Frédéric Flamand).
10 Jan. 1998
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Carlo Saraceni (Venice
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