Join the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 27 for an online screening of Hamid Rahmanian's film version of "Feathers of Fire" -- a dazzling shadow puppet play based on the Persian epic, Shahnameh.
The vibrant graphics, derived from the visual tradition of the Middle East, are rendered as puppets, costumes, masks, scenography, and digital animation, all of which come to life in a "live animation" shadow casting technique performed against a cinema-size screen.
"Feathers of Fire" is a cinematic shadow play for all ages. It tells the action-packed tale of Zaul and Rudabeh, two star-crossed lovers of old Persia. Zaul is raised by a mythical bird in the wild. Rudabeh is the granddaughter of the dreaded Serpent King. Their deep love for each other enables them to triumph over inconceivable odds.
ð To attend the screening, please RSVP to Bryan Granger at [email protected] to receive instructions on how to watch online.
ð¥ View the trailer here: vimeo.com/ondemand/feathersoffire/416583509
A Q&A with designer and director Hamid Rahmanian will follow on Zoom directly after the screening.
Hamid Rahmanian is one of the 10 artists featured in our online exhibition project, "Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home."
"Dis/placements" features ten artists whose works deal with issues of displacement from their ancestral homeland in various capacities. The artists have been drawn from the exhibition history of the Halsey Institute. Each artist was asked to submit works that speak most directly to their reminiscences of home. Artists were paired with writers who have offered their own reflections on the work and its relationship to the concepts of home and displacement. When taken together, this collection of work provides an opportunity to consider the traits and aspects that are both similar and jarringly disparate-from Asia to Africa, to Europe and the Middle East.
Hamid Rahmanian's work intertwines reality and fantasy to reflect on what it means to be an immigrant in a global narrative that defies borders.
Find out more about the project and Hamid Rahmanian's work at http://displacements.org/
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
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