Friday 10 January 07:00pm

FERUS Festival: Sister Sylvester "The Eagle and the Tortoise"

6:30pm doors • 7pm show


“The Ferus Festival, National Sawdust’s weeklong plunge into experimental storytelling, ricochets between individual and collective experiences.” —New Yorker

Experimental theater company Sister Sylvester works with animals and technology to make cross-species collaborations and cyborg theater.

The Eagle and the Tortoise, an immersive theatrical experience presented as part of FERUS Festival, traces the story of a young Turkish woman who became an icon of leftist resistance as an armed militant, political prisoner, and proxy soldier in the American war against ISIS. Enveloping audiences in a three-dimensional sonic environment courtesy of Meyer Sound’s Constellation and Spacemap systems, The Eagle and the Tortoise shifts our perspective on this still-unfolding tragedy of our time.

“A complex, deeply reflective work that weaves together strands of the personal, political, and mythological with deft subtlety.”  —Culturebot


Written and directed by Kathryn Hamilton
Book illustration and design by Emre Ozyetis
Live music (Saz and Ney) by Ozan Aksoy
Lighting design by Bruce Steinberg
Immersive sound design by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
Video design by Robin A. Ediger-Seto
Dramaturgy by Andrew Kircher
Book design consultation and printing by Gabe Greenberg

The script for The Eagle and the Tortoise was developed in part through a residency at The Macdowell Colony, summer of 2019.

Running time: one hour and ten minutes