The Wings of Ikarus Jackson
Ikarus Jackson can fly. Some think it's strange. But when one girl sticks up for him, Ikarus learns to let his spirit soar in this inspiring Kennedy Center dance/theater adaptation of Christopher Myers's colorful children's book. Age 6+
- Feb. 4 - 23, 2012
- Family Theater
- 1 hour
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Adapted by Jerome Hairston from the book Wings by Christopher Myers
Music by R. MacKenzie Lewis
Directed and Choreographed by Devanand Janki
Featuring Neville Braithwaite, Felicia Curry, S. Lewis Feemster, Mark Hairston, Andreu Honeycutt, and Lynette Rathnam
There is something puzzling about the new boy at school. Instead of a backpack, Ikarus Jackson has a feathery white set of wings and can fly. To get away from the kids who are taunting him for his uniquely feathered look, Ikarus soars through the city, over rooftops and playgrounds, like a slow-motion instant replay. Just when he thinks he's all alone, a brave schoolgirl tells him what someone should have from the start: "your flying is beautiful." Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor winner Christopher Myers's colorful and lovingly assembled collage-illustrated children's book comes to life as an all-new dance-theater piece. For age 6 and up.
- About Performances for Young Audiences at the Kennedy Center
- Director/Choreographer Devanand Janki talks about The Wings of Ikarus Jackson. Director/Choreographer Devanand Janki sits down to chat about putting together a World Premiere Kennedy Center commission of The Wings of Ikarus Jackson, based on the book Wings by Christopher Myers.
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Ikarus Jackson can fly. Some think it's strange. But when one girl sticks up for him, Ikarus learns to let his spirit soar in this inspiring Kennedy Center dance/theater adaptation of Christopher Myers's colorful children's book.