Icarus in the L.E.S.


Icarus in the L.E.S. is a kaleidoscopic performance-poem delivered from the final bastions of the New York vanguard. The performance centers on the wax-winged hero – who did not die when he fell from the sky, but instead lives on – chasing his destiny and scouting out the divide between artistic achievement and personal happiness. Taken under the wings of a mystical literati including The Silent Janitor, Bernardo, and The Severed Head of Homer, the poet, Icarus, must ford the rivers of the underworld to his final showdowns with both his nemesis, Rodney Cheshire Clemenceau, and himself. Presented as a teched-out poetry reading, brimming with sound and video design culled from the most psychically-charged bits of city living.


A What Holds Heat workshop production

Written, co-directed, and designed by Nic Adams

Co-directed and choreographed by Cori Marquis

Ensemble: Nic Adams, Jack Adams, Brian Hendricks, Lee Rayment, Emilyn Kowaleski, Erin McGuff, Javan Nelson, and Marcus "Zebrakid" Smith (development)


A workshop production of Icarus in the L.E.S. (What Holds Heat) was presented at Dixon Place (2015).