Sirin – Hope is the Thing with Feathers
Sirin (Hope is the Thing with Feathers) is supported by Without Walls, and commissioned by Salisbury International Arts Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival and Just So Festival.
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Sirin (Hope is the Thing with Feathers)
Sirin is a story about Love, Sacrifice, compromise, risk and hope. Drawn from Russian Folklore where the Sirin, a demi-god, half woman half avian, would sing to please the gods. Mortal men would happen upon her and upon seeing her beauty or hearing her voice would instantly fall hopelessly and quite terminally in love.
While the Greek Myth of the Siren would deliberately lure sailors to their deaths, the Russian SIRIN was more accidental, only there to please the gods. Mortal men would happen upon her and become tragically trapped within her allure.
Just like falling in love really. The random chance and complete lottery of human companionship, love and romance.
“A wandering man woos a nesting Sirin and during an aerial courtship their relationship of prey and predator changes. Drawn from the ancient myths of man falling in love with half human/half bird creature, this love story is inspired by the innate human ambition to capture, possess and tame the extraordinary”. Director Liv Lorent
- Director – Liv Lorent (MBE)
- Composer – Scott Twynholm
- Designer – Andy Stephenson
- Costume – Naomi Daley
- Original costume design – Gayle Playford
The original version was made in 2017 and supported by Arts Council England, SIRF17, Dance City
It went through a R&D phase in 2018 with support from Blueprint:Without Walls R&D Investment Fund.
We have received the Without Walls commission to design set, costume and props and re develop Sirin (Hope is the Thing with Feathers)
Follow our next stage of development at https://www.facebook.com/newtonsladder/ where we will be documenting the process and give you little insights with behind the scenes interviews, videos and images.
- Salisbury International Arts Festival
- Greenwich + Docklands International Festival
- Just So Festival