Reviews and Blog Posts: Icarus

The Fearless Flight of Icarus Explored In Staged Reading at DPL

Enjoy a free, staged reading of the play, Icarus, by Edwin Sanchez, this Sunday in the beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery overlooking the Civic Center Park.

This is the Denver debut of Edwin Sanchez's play; it is the story of Icarus told in modern times. And like Oscar Wilde's quote, this story of Icarus is not about hubris and the incumbent fall -- it is instead focused on the courage and ingenuity it takes to attempt such a dramatic flight.

Icarus Fell. But First He Flew.

The Rotunda of Apollo, Louvre Museum

The Greek myth of Icarus, who tried to escape from Crete by flying on wings made of feathers and wax, is often used as an example of hubris and failed ambition. Icarus is warned by his father not to fly too close to the sun. He disregards this and the wings collapse and he falls back to earth. But the lesson from this myth might be about taking chances and following your heart in spite of the risks.

I started thinking about the story a lot while I was in Paris last December. I thought perhaps I'd seen a painting of Icarus in one of my museum visits -- and somehow it had crept into my waking dreams. Then I went through my photos of the trip and found this image (top photo), from a ceiling in the Louvre museum. It depicts Icarus at the moment of his fall. But the part of the story I started to ponder most was his flight before the fall.

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