Yesterday, Wednesday May 30th, The World Science Festival kicked off at the United Palace on 175th street in the Heights, and the show was amazing! The show, “Icarus at the Edge of Time” was a mixture of Visual Graphics by AL + AL, Live Orchestra (St Luke’s) playing a unique composition by Philip Glass and conducted by Brad Lubman and narration written by Brian Greene and David Henry Hwang, performed by the one and only LeVar Burton. I personally have never seen a full live orchestra play, and have always wanted to see Mr Burton since being a kid watching reading rainbow, and tonight I go to see and hear both, and learn a lot about black holes!
I enjoyed the show very much. It was a very unique retelling of the classic tale of Icarus, the tale of the young boy who flies too close to the sun, burns his wings and dies. In this version, the father and son are part of a mission meant to reach really far distances and the young boy wants to explore a black hole, since no one has ever done so before and he felt that he was able to do what no man could ever do. I don’t want to give more away, but hope that there is another showing of this great piece soon. The story was very well written and greatly narrated. The music went very well with the visuals and for some moments I could not take my eyes off of the orchestra.
The best thing about this whole experience was that, The United Palace was finally used for it’s initial purpose, a movie theater, since I believe, the 1960′s. History in the making. Next up, NoMAA’s Uptown Arts Stroll Kick-Off!
Oh Yeah, and apparently there is a Reading Rainbow App coming out soon.
Here are some pictures of the event.