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The Firebird

Presented by IMG Artists in association with Janni Younge Productions A live performance to the original composition by Igor Stravinsky Puppetry and dance performance designed and directed by Janni Younge of Handspring Puppet Company Choreographed by Jay Pather   Jump to Synopsis The Characters Director’s Note Choreographer’s Note Introduction This production of The Firebird, directed by Janni Younge and choreographed by Jay Pather, is a puppet and dance performance set to Stravinsky’s original score. Janni Younge’s Firebird draws on the symbolism and dramaturgy of Fokine’s original choreography (based on figures from Russian folklore) and reinterprets them in a contemporary South African setting, using larger-than-life puppets and African dance forms. Background The Firebird began as a conversation between IMG Artists and Handspring Puppet Company in early 2013. The proposal from IMG was to create a puppet theatre production to be performed to live classical music in large summer concert venues throughout the US. As the idea took hold The Firebird was settled on partly for its powerfully rich and moving musical score and partly for its association with mythic …