2023-02-21 – 15:00 h

‘Song of the North’ is a mesmerizing large-scale, cinematic performance combining the manual art of shadow puppetry with projected animation to tell the courageous tale of Princess Manijeh, a heroine from ancient Persia. This female hero uses her superpowers to rescue her beloved from a perilous predicament, and to prevent a war.


Adapted from the Shahnameh (the national epic of Persia written over 1,000 years ago), Song of the North is created and directed by Hamid Rahmanian, and the original score is written and orchestrated by Loga Ramin Torkian, featuring vocalist Azam Ali. This dynamic, family-friendly production involving over 480 handmade puppets and described by Le Monde as bursting with “breathtaking fireworks of creativity” was presented to sold out audiences at Brooklyn Academy of Music in March 2022.


Ensemble for this live performance: Sam Jay Gold, Harrison Greene, Jenny Hann, Esme Roszel, Zack Perez, Sarah Walsh, Clay Westman, and Christopher Williams.


When: Fri 24, Sat 25, Sun 26, February 2023 at 20h, 20h & 15h

Where: Peter Jay Sharp Theatre (New York, NY, USA)

Tickets: $ 20-45 (19-42 €) – https://www.symphonyspace.org/events/vp-wmi-song-of-the-north-hamid-rahmanian

More information: https://www.worldmusicinstitute.org/songofthenorth/


Promotional video:


Behind the scenes:



WMI At Home Hamid Rahmanian and Loga Ramin Torkian ‘Song of the North’ (52m 10s):