Commissioned by La Jolla Playhouse for the 2019 Without Walls Festival, Third Rail Projects’ Ikaros is an experiential collection of dreams, myth, film, poetry, dance, and performance. It is an audience-centered walking tour through a desert garden path, located on the grounds of a former naval base under the active sky of a nearby airport. Images of Icarus and Earhart, the fragrance of rosemary, and the flight patterns and roar of the engines above fold into one another to become a rite of passage that follows a cartography of flight and failure.
Third Rail Projects
Third Rail Projects has been hailed as one of the foremost companies creating site-specific, immersive and experiential performance. The company is led by Artistic Directors Zach Morris, Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett, and is dedicated to re-envisioning ways in which audiences engage with contemporary performance. The company’s currently running, award-winning immersive hit, Then She Fell, was named as one of the “Top Ten Shows of 2012” by Ben Brantley of The New York Times. They have made work in New York and nationally since 2000, with projects including Ghost Light at Lincoln Center Theater, the immersive theater hit The Grand Paradise in Brooklyn, Sweet & Lucky with Denver Center for the Performing Arts, and Learning Curve in Chicago with Albany Park Theater Project, as well as internationally through the Global Performance Studio (GPS), which combines the company’s creative and educational offerings through a program of cultural listening and exchange. Third Rail Projects has been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including two New York Dance and Performance (Bessie) Awards; a Chita Rivera Award for Choreography; two CEC Artslink Back Apartment Residencies (Russia); a Theater Fellowship from the Bogliaco Foundation (Italy); an IllumiNation Award from the Ford Foundation and National Museum of the American Indian; and more. Third Rail Projects’ artistic directors were recently named among the 100 most influential people in Brooklyn culture by Brooklyn Magazine.
Recommended for ages 13+.
Performers and audience will move between multiple locations. You will travel on dirt paths and uneven ground; closed toe shows recommended.