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Icarus at the Edge of Time

A mesmerizing tale of a boy who challenges the awesome might of a black hole, Icarus at the Edge of Time is a full-orchestral, multimedia work bringing a powerful modern twist to a classic myth. Composer Philip Glass, physicist Brian Greene, playwright David Henry Hwang, and filmmakers Al + Al, take audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time to the very edge of understanding.

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Creative Team

Philip GlassComposer

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Philip Glass is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the Juilliard School. In the early 1960s, Glass spent two years of intensive study in Paris with Nadia Boulanger and while there, earned money by transcribing Ravi Shankar’s Indian music into Western notation.

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Al + AlArtists

Since 2001 AL Holmes and AL Taylor have created an award winning body of films commissioned by Animate, Arts Council England, BFI, Channel 4 television, Cornerhouse Cinema, FACT gallery, Film London, MuHKA, Southbank Centre and the World Science Festival, exhibiting internationally in galleries, site specific installations, film festivals, television and concert halls.

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David Henry HwangPlaywright

David Henry Hwang is a playwright, librettist and screenwriter. He is best known as the author of M. Butterfly, which won the 1988 Tony, Drama Desk, John Gassner, and Outer Critics Circle Awards, and was also a finalist for the 1989 Pulitzer Prize.

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Brian Greene
Brian GreenePhysicist and Author

Brian Greene is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on The New York Times bestseller list.

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Performance History

  • Starmus IV
    Trondheim, Norway
    06/20/2017
  • Astoria Music Festival
    Astoria, Oregon
    06/18/2017
  • HOME Art Centre
    Manchester, UK
    02/06/2016
  • The Music Center at Strathmore
    Baltimore, MD
    11/08/2015
  • Welte Hall, CCSU
    New Britain, CT
    11/08/2015
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
    Baltimore, MD
    11/05/2015
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
    Baltimore, MD
    10/30/2015
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
    Baltimore, MD
    10/29/2015
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
    Baltimore, MD
    10/28/2015
  • Belarusian State Philharmonic Society
    Minsk, Belarus
    09/08/2015
  • Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Art
    Orlando, FL
    04/10/2015
  • Rudder Theater
    College Station, TX
    03/28/2015
  • Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Texas Tech Univ.
    Lubbock, TX
    02/04/2015
  • Lexington Opera House
    Lexington, KY
    10/18/2014
  • Pikes Peak Performance Center
    Colorado Springs, CO
    10/17/2014
  • Lexington Opera House
    Lexington, KY
    10/17/2014
  • Days & Nights Festival
    Big Sur, CA
    09/27/2014
  • Geniele
    Bielefeld, Germany
    08/08/2014
  • Polytech: Festival of Science and Curiosity
    Moscow, Russia
    05/25/2014
  • Polytech: Festival of Science and Curiosity
    Moscow, Russia
    05/24/2014
  • Paramount Theatre
    Austin, TX
    04/10/2014
  • West Road Concert Hall, Univ. of Cambridge
    Cambridge, UK
    03/17/2014
  • Research Foundation Flanders – FWO
    Ghent, Belgium
    12/17/2013
  • Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    10/04/2013
  • The Polytechnic Museum
    Moscow, Russia
    09/19/2013
  • Aspen Music Festival
    Aspen, CO
    06/26/2013
  • Paramount Theater
    Seattle, WA
    06/06/2013
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
    Philadelphia, PA
    04/24/2013
  • Republic Hall, Mediterranean Conf. Centre
    Valletta, Malta
    04/20/2013
  • Republic Hall, Mediterranean Conf. Centre
    Valletta, Malta
    04/19/2013
  • Republic Hall, Mediterranean Conf. Centre
    Valletta, Malta
    04/18/2013
  • The National Concert Hall
    Dublin, Ireland
    07/14/2012
  • The National Concert Hall
    Dublin, Ireland
    07/14/2012
  • United Palace Theatre
    New York, NY
    05/30/2012
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
    Baltimore, MD
    01/16/2011
  • The Music Center at Strathmore
    Baltimore, MD
    01/15/2011
  • Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
    Baltimore, MD
    01/14/2011
  • Festival della Scienza Teatro
    Genoa, Italy
    10/29/2010
  • Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
    Glasgow, UK
    10/17/2010
  • Southbank Centre, Royal Society
    London, UK
    07/03/2010
  • Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU
    New York, NY
    06/04/2010
  • Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
    New York, NY
    06/03/2010

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