Beta_Icarus 1, 2, 3, 4
1999 Beta_Icarus 1, 2, 3 and 4
The Bêta-projects served as preliminary studies for Icarus/MAN-O-WAR.
A first preview (1999) of Bêta_Icarus was shown during De Nachten in deSingel: a combination of live body scans, music by Peter Swinnen and the SuckmyP-texts by Peter Verhelst. A second 'test flight' followed, in which drama students from the Ghent Conservatory performed texts by Verhelst. Four students took part in the third preview as well (June 2000). They functioned as a kind of Greek choir and combined the mythological with a contemporary Icarus. In the fourth and last part -which concentrated on the technical aspects- the software that had been developed for Icarus was tested (October 2000). Later the results of these sessions were brought together in the final Icarus performance.