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A Theatrical Journey Unfolds On The Wings of Hermès

Wings of Hermès is A Touring Exhibition of Theatre and Cinema 

On July 15 in Los Angeles, Hermès unveiled an immersive environment within  Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar named “On the Wings of Hermès.” First, a spellbinding performance weaving the enchantment of Greek mythology with the spirited French maison took place, followed by an opulent lunch. Created by the divine minds of Belgian Director Jaco Van Dormel and Choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey, in collaboration with the Astragales Dance Company, “On the Wings of Hermès” whisked viewers away to a visual and lyrical symphony—fusing theatre, music, and film for a romantic journey into the heart of the nimble and celebrated brand.

Special attendees—including Grace Van Patten, Jackson White, Natasha Lyonne, Scout Willis, Kane Rittenhouse, and Rainey Qualley—gathered within the innovative space, which evoked details of a dramatic film set, while sipping effervescent summer cocktails during the show.

Wings of Hermes Performance Los Angeles

Photo © Nacása & Partners Inc., courtesy of Hermès.

Greek Mythology in Live Concert

“Pegasus and the Quest for the Seven Sources of Lightness” was a contemporary adaptation of the eminent fable in which the ethereal, winged horse guides their young foals on the mysteries of taking flight. In an artistic echoing, seven imaginative vignettes illustrated the search for grace, balance, and freedom—all so that deft flight of the mind, body, and soul might one day take place.

In each scene, the imaginative movement of hands, bodies, and objects transpired across vibrant sets, while the live performances were majestically  projected onto sweeping screens. Visitors were led in collective harmony around the intimate space while, one by one, Reverse Gravity, The Flight of the Migratory Gloves, The Circus, Anamorphosis, The Opera of Four Bags, No Gravity, and Rewind whisked visitors away to a magical utopia unfolding the poetics of humanity through art. 

Wings of Hermes Performance Los Angeles

Scout Willis, Kane Rittenhouse, Rainey Qualley; courtesy of Hermès.

The Poetics of Masterful Craftsmanship on the Wings of Hermès 

“This work metaphorically illustrates the lightness that is omnipresent at Hermès: in the delicate hands of our draftsmen sewing with two needles at once; in the elegance of materials, and in the subtle notes of a perfume,” said Hermès Artistic Director Pierre-Alexis Dumas. “It is an experience which sparks the imagination, designed by artisans of dreams.”  Lush set design, skilled puppetry, and ethereal storytelling flowed freely in a timeless, masterpiece of creative collaboration. Miniature animals took flight over green pastures, an hypnotic ballet of interlacing gloves pranced across seasonal landscapes, and a tale of two lovers ebbed and flowed through swirling blue skies. A picturesque circus showcased ingenious choreography and the plight of a young horse, while the jubilant opera of the iconic Kelly handbags invited guests to go forth in lightness. 

“On The Wings of Hermès” is touring worldwide, and is open to the public in Los Angeles through July 23 by online reservation only.

Wings of Hermes Performance Los Angeles

Photo © Nacása & Partners Inc., courtesy of Hermès.

Wings of Hermes Performance Los Angeles

Courtesy of Hermès.

Wings of Hermes Performance Los Angeles

Photo by Benjamin Schmuck, courtesy of Hermès.

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