Join director Hamid Rahmanian for a talk about the UNIMA award winning production Feathers Of Fire, a large scale shadow theater work that brings together 168 puppets, 8 shadow casters and 1163 production cues. The play unfolds an action-packed magical tale of Zaul and Rudabeh, star-crossed lovers from the 10th-century Persian epic Shahnameh – The Book of Kings. Rahmanian’s graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the region, are rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography and digital animation, and employ the shadow casting techniques of shadow master Larry Reed. 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. In this artist talk, creator, designer and director, Hamid Rahmanian discusses the process and reveals some of the techniques that went into creating this shadow puppet show where puppets, performers and audio/visual material work together to create a live cinematic experience.
Hamid Rahmanian is a 2014 John S. Guggenheim Fellow. He has created award‐winning documentary and fiction film, graphic design, literature and theater projects for over two decades. His films have received international awards and screened worldwide at festivals, theaters and on television. He latest undertaking, the Shahnameh Project includes a 600 page illustrated edition of the 1000-year-old Persian epic poem, Shahnameh: The Epic of the Persian Kings. Based on his bestselling book, he created Feathers of Fire, a cinematic shadow play that premiered at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2016 and has since toured around the world in 112 performances and a total audience of 100,000; a pop up book called Zahhak: The Legend of the Serpent King and an immersive audiobook of the original tome. Recently, Rahmanian was commissioned by the Silk Road Ensemble to create a multimedia video animation for their upcoming project, HEROS, which will premiere in 2019.