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Song of the North

‘Song of the North’ Brings Shadow Theater to Oz Arts

An immersive cinematic event is in store for families this weekend at Oz Arts.

Get ready for an original and widely acclaimed show when Oz Arts presents Song of the North, April 19 and 20. The evening of large-scale shadow puppetry and animation promises to transport audiences into an ancient world of color, history and imagery.

Song of the North

Song of the North uses actors, projections and music to create an immersive cinematic story.


Called “a feast for the senses,” by Puppeteering International Magazine, and designed for family viewing, the poetic show is an adaptation of the 10th-century epic, “The Book of Kings” by Persian poet Ferdowsi. The piece is the work of storyteller Hamid Rahmanian, a 2014 John Guggenheim Fellow.

To tell the narrative, silouettes and color are projected onto a giant screen. The story follows a Persian princess, Manijeh, who must endeavor to rescue her love, Bijan in order to prevent war. An astounding 500 handmade puppets and nine actor/puppeteers are in the 80-minute performance exploring themes of arrogancy and forgiveness.

The script is by Rahmanian and Melissa Hibbard; score by Loga Ramin Torkia; vocals by Azam Ali.

Song of the North is at Oz Arts, located at 6172 Cockrill Bend Circle in Nashville. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 19, and at 2 and 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 20. Tickets are $30. Learn more and get tickets here.


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