Words by Megan Smith
Megan Smith is currently studying on the BA (Hons) Dance programme at Deda and is this years intern with Adaire to Dance.



Week commencing Tuesday 30 September: Icarus takes flight..

Inspired by the well known Greek myth of Icarus; the boy who flew too close to the sun - Artistic Director and Choreographer, Alice Vale is collaborating with Rob and Matt Vale of digital art company Illuminos to bring the tale to life. Reflecting upon past R&D, the dancers devised high, elevated movement to emulate the feeling of flying.


Each of the lifts were constructed with a lack of gravitatonal pull, allowing a gliding motion to occur, capturing both the danger and elegance of flying.
The combination of Adaire to Dance’s choreography and Illuminos’ digital projections is the main
aspect that I find very interesting. The dancers work with interactive animations, that capture and transform the spectator’s imagination into reality, allowing the performance to thrive and come to life.

The show is based upon the Greek myth of Icraus and Daedalus. Icarus is the son of an inventor
named Daedalus, who is forced to create a maze by King Minos. To escape the maze, Daedelus
creates wings for both himself and Icarus. However, through curiosity and an overwhelming desire to exceed, Icarus rebels against his father’s wishes and continues to fly towards the sun.

Without revealing any spoliers, the final effect of this moment is really special and has to be exprienced…


Original choreography by Alice and the dancers morphs seamlessly into the illuminations which
add layers of dynamic surprises. The show explores themes of over ambition, ignorance and
recklessness and audiences may also empathize with the father-son relationship conveyed
between Icarus and Daedalus. Although, the piece is narrative led, some movement remains abstract, a signature style of Adaire to Dance.

Watching the rehearsals, a consistent multi-media of light, sound, animation and movement,
undeniably enraptures my senses and really brings the theatre space at Déda to life. The
collaboration of lluminos’ digital art work gives the piece depth and added dimension. The
interactive presentations on the custom-designed set is involved with the choreography. This
promises to be a show full of high octane action and animation. Book your tickets now!




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