MIF X NOWNESS Present...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