2024 Festival Archive: Hamid Rahmanian

Hamid Rahmanian: Song of the North

January 19-20, 2024

Studebaker Theater at The Fine Arts Building

Presented by Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival

Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Mellon Foundation and support from the Doris Duke Foundation


Scholarship and Resources

World Encyclopedia of Puppetry Arts Entries

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View Hamid’s presentation above or watch full symposium on Howlround.

Hamid Rahmanian at the Ellen Van Volkenburg Symposium

On Sunday, January 21st, Hamid Rahmanian was a speaker at The Ellen Van Volkenburg Puppetry Symposium session entitled “Panel 2 – Materials.”

The event was presented by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and sponsored by UNIMA-USA, moderated by Dasia N. Posner, and held online through Howlround.

Panel 2 – Materials explores the question: What tells the story? How does the performance start with the selection of materials chosen for the puppet and set fabrication?

Festival Performances

About the Performance

January 19-20, 2024
Studebaker Theater at The Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave.

Song of the Northadapted from the “Book of Kings” (Shahnameh), is a visually breathtaking, large-scale, cinematic play of shadow puppetry and projected animation. It tells the classic Persian tale of the courageous Manijeh, a heroine from ancient Persia, who must use all her strengths and talents to rescue her beloved, Bijan, from a perilous predicament of her own making to help prevent a war. This epic love story employs a cast of 500 handmade puppets and a talented ensemble of nine actors and puppeteers, which come together to create a spectacular experience that advances themes of unity, collaboration and experimentation through performance and story. 

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Past Performances and Further Reading

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