Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a cinematic shadow play for all ages.
“One of the great epics of all time and my favorite “Shahname” brought to life in a spectacular fashion by Hamid Rahmanian with shadow puppets design and cinematic wizardry” – Francis Ford Coppola
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is a visually breathtaking cinematic shadow play for all ages, created 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, will be rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, all of which will come to life in a “live animation” shadow casting technique perfected by shadow master Larry Reed on a cinema-size screen.
The play also 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.
Conceived, designed and directed by Hamid Rahmanian
In collaboration with Larry Reed and ShadowLight Production
Produced by Fictionville Studio and Banu Productions
ARTSwego’s engagement of Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.