Great Performances at Mason

Hamid Rahmanian’s Song of the North

Center for the Arts, Concert Hall, Fairfax Campus


Experience “breathtaking fireworks of creativity” (La Monde) with Hamid Rahmanian’s newest large-scale cinematic shadow play Song of the North. With more than 500 handmade puppets and an original score by renowned Iranian composer Loga Ramin Torkian, you'll be transported to a magical and ancient landscape, rich in history and lore in this epic love story adapted from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). Manijeh, a spunky heroine from ancient Persia, is on a mission to prevent a war and rescue her beloved from her evil and unscrupulous father, King Afrasiab. The thrilling multimedia adventure combines state-of-the-art animation with the age-old art of shadow puppetry to showcase a collection of ancient Persian legends and Iranian national treasures. Rahmanian is a 2014 Guggenheim Fellow whose films have screened at Venice, Sundance, and Tribeca film festivals. Song of the North premiered in Paris, France followed by the U.S. premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. “The Persian soul and culture vibrate in this original and poetic show” (Toute La Culture).

This performance is recommended for ages 7 and older.

Tickets: $48, $41, $29; half-price for youth through Grade 12

Run Time: 80 minutes

The program for this performance will be available the week of the event. View digital program.

A pre-performance discussion featuring Hamid Rahmanian in conversation with Amin Neshati, Managing editor, PersuMedia LLC, and Prof. Kristin Johnsen-Neshati, Mason College of Visual and Performing Arts Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & International Programs and Professor of Theater, will take place in Monson Grand Tier, which is located on the third level of the Center for the Arts Lobby, 45 minutes prior to curtain.

A limited quantity of free student tickets will be available for each event. Learn more.

Song of the North was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from the Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation.

This engagement of Hamid Rahmanian is made possible in part through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.