A photograph of a dancer on their knees, toes curled and arms outstretched. They can only be seen in silhouette as a bright spotlight provides a strong backlight.

About Icaria

We teamed up between NOWNESS to create a piece with Emmy-nominated director Fx Goby to breathe new life into the time-honoured Greek myth of Icarus, a young man who flew too close to the sun.

Icaria features a solo dancer who transforms into a shapeshifting silhouette that crumples, tenses and flexes in time to a dark and triumphant electronic soundtrack from French composer Clément Chassaing. Fx Goby created Icaria in response to the world premiere of Alphabus, a Manchester International Festival-commissioned show that unites transatlantic street dance with poetry, choreographed by Flex dance pioneer Reggie ‘regg roc’ Gray.

“I was inspired by Reggie’s contemporary take on old myths,” says Fx Goby. “I then became interested in revisiting the myth of Icarus through dance.”

“I was particularly struck by the energy and grace of one of the Alphabus dancers, Yandass, who stars in Icaria. Yandass brings great sensitivity and emotion. Her dance is complemented by original music that adds power and gravity to the film.”


Director – Fx Goby

Dancer / Choreographer – Yandass

Producer – Caroline Milsom

DOP – Ricky Mundo

1st AC – Luke Jefferson

Composer – Clément Chassaing

PA – Kuso Bieski

Set Designer – Abby Clarke

Content Producer – Kiah Simpson

Commissioner – Kitty Metcalfe

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