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“A Codex of Flight” is an original production by students at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.

Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex on the Flight of Birds,” the multidisciplinary production includes live music, dance, theatre and visual art woven together by narration from da Vinci’s translated notebook, or codex, on birds.

Art teachers, guest artists, alumni and more than 50 students worked together to create this inspirational exploration of flight.

Live music ranges from Nikolai Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” and Saint-Saens’ “The Swan” to Somei Satoh’s “Birds in Warped Time.”

Students will install three-dimensional art they created after researching da Vinci’s flight machines and bird designs.

A fantastic set includes a fly rig and a teeter-totter in the shape of da Vinci’s bird wing sketches. Actors perform Shakespeare’s text on birds and the stories of Phoenix and Icarus while dancers turn and leap flight patterns across the stage.

Photos by Maria Vara.


  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

All performances at:
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics
3101 Main St., Vancouver, WA 98663

This event is open to the public. General admission is $5. Tickets for seniors and students with ASB identification are $4. Tickets are available at the door.

The production is sponsored by the student government.