2012 World Science Festival Presents Icarus at the Edge of Time - Narrated by LeVar Burton

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The 2012 World Science Festival celebrates its 5th anniversary season with the opening night performance of Icarus at the Edge of Time, a multimedia performance featuring television and motion picture actor and director LeVar Burton (Star Trek, Reading Rainbow and Roots) as the narrator for the evening.

The performance of Icarus at the Edge of Time will take place at the United Palace Theatre, 4140 Broadway in New York City, on Wednesday, May 30, 2012, from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.

Icarus at the Edge of Time is a stunning, full-orchestral work with animated film and live narration that brings a powerful modern twist to a classic myth, taking audiences of all ages on a whirlwind voyage through space and time, to the very edge of understanding.

Icarus is adapted by physicist Brian Greene and Tony-Award winning playwright David Henry Hwang from Greene’s young people’s book of the same title and features an original orchestral score by Philip Glass, performed by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, conducted by Brad Lubman and a film directed by innovative, cutting-edge British filmmakers Al+Al.

The 2012 World Science Festival runs from May 30th to June 3rd, 2012 and presents more than 50 events, performances, lectures and special exhibitions, at venues throughout New York City.

The Festival was co-founded in 2008 by Brian Greene, Columbia University professor of physics and mathematics and bestselling author of The Elegant Universe and The Hidden Reality, and Tracy Day, Emmy Award-winning journalist and television producer. The annual event brings together many of the world’s leading scientific minds with renowned artists and influential thinkers for a five-day celebration that, through discourse and debate, conversation and performance, the arts and exhibitions, allows everyone to experience science in a unique and thrilling way. Since its inception, the Festival has attracted some 600,000 people to more than 200 original programs.

Tickets for World Science Festival events are on sale now:

o    Operators available: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

  •     In Person: NYU Ticket Central @ NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square, New York, NY 10012

o    Box office hours: Tuesday- Saturday, 12:00 PM (Noon) – 6:00 PM

World Science Festival ticketing services provided by NYU Skirball Center.

World Science Festival 2012 Cultural Partners, whose collaboration enriches the diverse spectrum of Festival programming, include:

  •     American Museum of Natural History
  •     Brooklyn Bridge Park
  •     Eyebeam Art + Technology Center
  •     Galapagos Art Space
  •     Le Poisson Rouge
  •     Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
  •     The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  •     The Moth
  •     Museum of the Moving Image
  •     New-York Historical Society
  •     Science Gallery, Trinity College Dublin
  •     United Palace Theatre

The World Science Festival 2012 Media Partners:

  •     ABC 7
  •     ABC News
  •     ABC Radio
  •     Mental Floss
  •     Popular Science
  •     Time Warner Cable
  •     The Week
  •     WNYC

The World Science Festival’s 2012 University Partners provide a broad range of Festival support. The 2012 University Partners include:

  •     The City University of New York
  •     The Cooper Union
  •     Columbia University
  •     The New School
  •     New York University
  •     The Rockefeller University

About the World Science Festival:
The World Science Festival is a production of the Science Festival Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in New York City. The Foundation's mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

The World Science Festival has been made possible with the generous support of its Founding Benefactors: the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation.

The World Science Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support of its major sponsors, Ann Ziff, Con Edison and The Kavli Prize; its media partners, ABC News, ABC Radio, WABC-TV, Mental Floss, Popular Science, Time Warner Cable, The Week, WNYC Radio; and its university partners, New York University, The City University of New York, Columbia University, The Rockefeller University, The New School, and The Cooper Union.

To learn more about the World Science Festival, visit http://www.worldsciencefestival.com, or follow the World Science Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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Caroline Andoscia, caroline(at)andoscia(dot)com, (212) 475-2122 x701 / (917) 207-4060
Dan Scheffey, dan(at)andoscia(dot)com, (212) 475-2122 x702 / (917) 647-7626

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