FERUS Festival: Sister Sylvester "The Eagle and the Tortoise"
6:30pm doors • 7pm show
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
Sister Sylvester create work, often essayistic performances, that use archival research in tension with imagined material. Sister Sylvester invite disruption into both the performance and the process, and look for dissonance and difficulty in text, image, and sound. Formed in 2008 by director Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton, the company makes work in Istanbul and New York.
Sister Sylvester have presented and performed their work internationally at institutions including The Public Theater, NYC; Abrons Art Center, NYC; Park Avenue Armory, NYC; JACK, NYC; Dixon Place, NYC; Alt Bomonti Gallery, Istanbul; Kose, Istanbul; Arcola Theater, London; Frascati, Amsterdam; Bozar, Brussels; Les Bancs Publics, Marseille; and Birmingham Repertory Theater, UK, Humboldt University, Berlin; Amsterdam University, Netherlands.
Maps for a War Tourist was commissioned by and first presented at Dixon Place in NYC with support from The Jerome Foundation; and developed, in part, through a residency at Mount Tremper Arts Watershed Program. Originally devised in collaboration with Jeremy M. Barker, Kelsea Martin, Cyrus Moshrefi, Jeremy Toussaint Baptiste and Kathryn Karaoglu Hamilton.