What would the world without birds be like? In the play, the sad song of the firebird evokes a world in flames. Dance becomes a desperate attempt to escape from one’s own human form and transforms into a desire for metamorphosis and rebirth. In a world without a future, we reach for what remains: myths and folk tales that reveal the power of nature. The quest to find the firebird highlights the birds that have been an inspiration for folk storytelling. At a time when many species are under threat of extinction, the firebird represents a hopeless gesture of conserving nature in the theatre, evoking the inextricable connection between the human species and the environment.

Choreography: Sergiu Matis
Performers: Branko Banković, Ana Mrak, Ana Vnučec, Martina Tomić and Ida Jolić
Dramaturgy: Mila Pavićević
Choreography and dramaturgy assistant: Dina Ekštajn
Text: Sergiu Matis u suradnji s autorskim timom i izvođačima Žar-ptice
Vocal coach: Bojan Pogrmilović
Music: Hrvoje Nikšić
Costume design: Zdravka Ivandija
Assistant to costume designer and production of head pieces: Ana Roko
Production of set pieces: Leonardo Krakić, Krešimir Brkljačić, Antonio Gabelić and Dina Ekštajn
Lighting design: Saša Fistrić
Subtitle translation into Croatian: Ana Vnučec and Dina Ekštajn
Photography and video: Nina Đurđević
Visuals: Tihomir Filipec
Production: Studio Contemporary Dance Company

Realised in cooperation with the Zagreb Dance Centre through a non-residential support program.

The project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb and the Kultura Nova Foundation.

Thanks: Helena Novosel, Matija Baotić, Hive.

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