This show tells a hero story from the Books of Kings, two books on ancient Persian mythology. The said story introduces Zal, a baby who is viewed as an ominous monster because his body is completely white and he caused his mother to die from dystocia. He is thus abandoned in the wilderness and is subsequently raised by mystical birds. He grows up to be a valiant warrior and later reunites with his father, a general. Zal falls in love with Rudabeh, the princess of an enemy state with which Zal’s state is about to go to war. By using his courage and wisdom, Zal successfully prevents the war and ultimately marries Rudabeh. This show enjoyed great success at the New York Metropolitan Museum in 2016 and its travelling shows have sold out at all venues. The show director and his production team have successfully created a perfect blend of shadow puppetry and animation as well as an impeccable balance of abstract and reality. In this exotic, mystical, colorful story, every scene has been designed to rival the beauty of paintings.
This show contains a 70-minute performance and a 30-minute post-performance discussion.