Hamid Rahmanian’s Song Of The North
Two Chairs, Kingorama & Fictionville StudioOct 20th Through Oct 22nd
Fictionville Studio presents Song Of The North, a magical evening of large-scale shadow puppetry that transports audiences into ancient worlds full of color, history, and stunning imagery at Fort Mason Center For Arts & Culture. An inspirational epic from ancient Persia comes to life in this stunning multi-disciplinary performance created through shadow puppetry, projected animation, music, movement, and theater. More than 480 handmade puppets are used to tell the story of Manijeh, a courageous heroine who uses her strengths and determination to rescue her beloved and help prevent a war.
A New York Times Critic’s Pick, Song Of The North shows take place on Friday, October 20, 2023, and Saturday, October 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, October 21, 2023 and October 22, 2023, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Song Of The North is created and directed by 2014 Guggenheim Fellow Hamid Rahmanian (Feathers Of Fire). The original score is written and orchestrated by Loga Ramin Torkian, featuring vocalist Azam Ali. The ensemble includes Ray Dondero, Sam Jay Gold, Harrison Greene, J Hann, Esme Roszel, Sarah Walsh, Clay Westman, and Christopher Williams.
In addition to the production, reserve space for a 6:00 p.m. meet-and-greet in the Cowell Theater lobby before the Friday, October 20, 2023 performance; or for a 1:30 p.m. Kids Creative Station before the 3:00 p.m. shows on Saturday and Sunday, October 21, 2023 and October 22, 2023 (extra $20 fee applies).
Song Of The North is adapted from the Book of Kings (Shahnameh), a historical and cultural touchstone that is a national treasure in Iran. Described by Le Monde as bursting with “breathtaking fireworks of creativity,” this one-of-a-kind multimedia experience celebrates culture, collaboration, experimentation, and unity.
In these days of turmoil in Iran, at a time when the world’s collective heart breaks for the suffering of the innocent yet swells with hope for a better future, Song Of The North raises voices in support of the brave women and men risking their lives for freedom, whose shared spirit embodies the very essence of the Epic of the Persian Kings — Shahnameh.
500 Puppets: Marvel at the intricately designed puppets that breathe life into the characters of Bijan and Manijeh, as well as the many heroes and heroines of their epic love story.
Nine Actors: Witness the skill and passion of talented actors who bring emotion and depth to the characters, adding a human touch to the grand spectacle.
208 Animated Backgrounds: Be transported to the enchanting world of ancient Persia as animated backgrounds seamlessly blend with the shadow play, creating a mesmerizing and immersive experience.
This performance is a celebration of love, fate, and the enduring power of storytelling. It is a testament to the rich cultural heritage of the Shahnameh and its timeless relevance. For seasoned theater enthusiasts as well as those simply seeking an unforgettable night of entertainment, this production is not to be missed.