The University of Iowa
Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic

Feathers of Fire: A Persian Epic

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ADULT: $40 | $20
YOUTH: $20 | $10

This performance is a Group I event and eligible for a 20% discount when buying 5 or more Hancher season events in a single order. More about available discounts.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 7:30 pm

Part of Embracing Complexity

Created by Hamid Rahmanian, a Guggenheim fellowship-winning filmmaker and visual artist, Feathers of Fire is an ambitious shadow play recounting the fates of star-crossed lovers. The magical tale of Zaul and Rudabeh is drawn from the tenth-century Persian epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings). Casting shadows on a cinema-size screen, puppets, costumes, masks, scenography, and digital animation will bring the story to life. With techniques conceived by shadow master Larry Reed and an original score composed by Niyaz, Feathers of Fire is epic entertainment for the entire family.

Season Sponsor: WEST MUSIC

Event Sponsors:
Lee and Kazi Alward
Ed and Ann Lorson
John R. Menninger
Fritz and Elizabeth Viner

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Running time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

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Voices, images from ancient Persia
The Daily Iowan - Wednesday, April 4, 2018
New York-based Iranian filmmaker and graphic artist Hamid Rahmanian spoke about his ongoing work, “The Shahnameh Project,” at the School of Art and Art History on Monday. Each work in the project is based on 10th-century Persian poet Ferdowsi’s epic poem of the same name, a 50,000-line-long work that blends elements of myth and history of the Persian Empire. The project now includes a 600-page illustrated translation of the poem, a pop-up book, and a shadow play, Feathers of Fire, which will appear at Hancher on Wednesday.

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