RECIPIENT OF THE 2019 UNIMA AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN LIVE PERFORMANCE AND DESIGN
“Fantastic! Spectacular cinematic wizardry.” Francis Ford Coppola
“Astonishing and Magical!” Le Figaro
”A masterpiece” NYC Theater Review
“A feast for the senses.” Puppeteering Int’l. Magazine
NYT Critics Pick the Main Event: “The best things to do with your kids in New York.” - New York Times
A Cinematic shadow play for all ages. Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker/visual artist. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh (‘The Book of Kings’), – Zaul and Rudabeh, who triumph at the end against all odds. Rahmanian’s graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, are rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which come to life in a “live animation” shadow casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed on a cinema-size screen. The play features an original score by the acclaimed musical team, Loga Ramin Torkian & Azam Ali. Feathers of Fire had its world premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016 and went on to tour around the world in 23 US cities and 6 countries to an audience of one hundred thousand.