ÍCARO - The Last Flight (2018)
Based on the classic myth of Icarus, this butoh solo work reinterprets Greek history to put it in a contemporary context where post-capitalism is dealt through the philosophical work of the Korean author Byung-Chul Han (The Society of Tiredness and The Agony of Eros). This work explores the dichotomy between the desire for freedom (the flight and the bird) and the new form of egalitarian slavery that the new capitalism has developed, in which the individual becomes both a master and a slave of oneself (the illusion of entrepreneurship or individualism led to the extreme by the idea of success).
If the Butoh is a dance devoted to darkness, the work of ICARUS tries to look for a cultural re-appropriation of Butoh dance seen from the optic and the spiritual askesis of the West from a classic history still alive in the universal artistic memory. ICARUS tells us about the price to pay to go beyond the limits and escape from the established system (labyrinth of the Minotaur) to go in search of success (the sun as a symbol of freedom). It is a reflection on the models of thought and social success (cages) that a society that grows in a computer and digital age where the virtual becomes real, and where the chains or labyrinths are the own images or PERFORMANCES of the system, such as facebook or instagram. The current labyrinth manufactures obedient birds in virtual cages Unconscious robots (the praise of mediocrity), mirrored by a single aspect (success) that enslave them into wishing to have more social or personal success. This aspiration leads to the collapse of the individual, but also to an eventual awakening through the pain of one’s existential prison.
Original Idea: ORLAND VERDÚ, Direction/Dance: ORLAND VERDÚ, Lights: KAUE OLIVEIRA, Photography JUSTIN P BROWN, Video MICHAEL REALIN.