Wings of Wax

By In Dance 23 min

I can imagine, that this title evokes the ancient story of Icarus and his father Daedalus with their flight and plight, trying to escape their imprisonment in the infamous “Laborintus”. This great epos doesn’t only tell us a fascinating story from a distant past. It symbolizes the eternal desire of human  beings for freedom in its physical, spiritual or any other imaginable form.

Dancers, and their way of life, is also a strange kind of an imprisonment. They find themselves in a solitary confinement, they are captured within their own body, with which they express themselves and which they exhibit as a “Work of Art”. For centuries, their art has been defined by their desire to defy gravity. They jump, they spin,  and they lift and throw each other into the air. All these activities, viewed by an unengaged spectator will be most probably classified as irrational, useless and out of touch with reality, to say the least.

“Wings of wax” is an attempt to show not only the rationality of laws, which govern the technique of the dancers, but by equal measure to show  the spiritual and emotional value of these physical exercises. The interdependence  and trust amongst the dancers in this work is of essential importance. All the activities, seen in this work, represent time, space, or environment, in which strength, weaknesses, doubts, aggressions or failures are allowed to coexist. In fact it is a stylized and amplified portrait of many of our everyday struggles.

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