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Ballet in one act with choreography and rhythms by Lifar, instrumentation by G. Szyfer, and design by P. Larthes. Premiered 9 Jul. 1935 at Paris Opera with Lifar. Lifar's re-telling of the Icarus myth is essentially a solo danced against the choral movement of a group. It shows Icarus' attempts to fly and his tragic fall after he flies too close to the sun. Lifar's rhythm score (performed by a range of percussion instruments) was an attempt to free dance from the dictates of music. It was revived in 1962 with new designs by Picasso. Other dance treatments of the myth include L. Hoving (mus. Shin-Ichi Matsushita, 1963), V. Vasiliev (mus. S. Slonimsky, Bolshoi Ballet, 1971), Arpino (in The Relativity of Icarus, mus. G. Samuel, New York, 1974), and Flamand (The Fall of Icarus, mus. Nyman, 1989).

Subjects: Dance.

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