Song Of The North
An inspirational epic from ancient Persia comes to life in this stunning, multi-disciplinary performance.
Through June 2023
Song of the North Virtual Workshop


Created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian
Kingorama and Two Chairs
Courtesy of Fictionville Studio
Ensemble: Sam Jay Gold, Ray Dondero, Harrison Greene, Jenny Hann, Zach Perez, Esme Roszel, Sarah Walsh, Clay Westman, and Christopher Williams

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: English Language Arts (folk tales, poetry), Social Studies (global history), Theater, Visual Art

Over 300 handmade puppets are used to tell the story of Manijeh, a courageous heroine who uses her strength and determination to rescue her beloved and help prevent war. Adapted from Shahnameh: The Persian Book of Kings, a historical and cultural touchstone and national treasure of Iran, Song of the North, is a departure from pervasive Eurocentric views of art and storytelling. Carefully crafted for young audiences, this is a one-of-a-kind multimedia experience that celebrates collaboration, experimentation, and unity.

Students will watch a recorded performance of Song of the North, performed at BAM. Before or after watching the recording, students will participate in a live workshop led by a BAM teaching artist, streamed live in the classroom.

In the pre or post-show workshop, students will:
● Learn more about the art of shadow puppetry through Persian and Iranian culture
● Learn how history can be brought to life through puppetry, storytelling, and world-building
● Learn how puppets can be activated to draw audiences into a plot with magic and wonder
● Learn how art can be used to combat stereotypes; similar stories help connect people that are different
● Create and/or animate a puppet

This virtual workshop runs about 2hr 10min including the performance. Fee: $250


Run Time
Performance Length: 75min
Workshop Length: 55min


FEE: $250

All performances will adhere to protocols developed in accordance with New York State regulations and in consultation with medical professionals for the safety of our artists, audiences, and staff 

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Saturday October 01, 2022
No performances this day.
Performance dates are highlighted in white.

Leadership support for virtual programming provided by the Altman Foundation.

Major support for literacy programs provided by The Emily Davie & Joseph S. Kornfeld Foundation.