An intimate and stunning chamber piece of animated theatre and live music, with two cellos, a sheet of brown paper, and a box of sand. A show about transformation, loneliness, and the urge to fly, BIRDHEART holds a hand-mirror up to humanity and offers it a chair. Through a series of animated images built in front of the audiences’ eyes BIRDHEART creates something achingly beautiful from the humblest of beginnings. For its world premier at National Sawdust, Julian Crouch and Saskia Lane are joined on stage by extraordinary musicians Mark Stewart and Jeffrey Zeigler.
Commissioned by VisionIntoArt and National Sawdust’s Curator in Residence program. BIRDHEART was part of the 2013-14 New Victory Labworks Artist Residency and Watermill Artists Residency, with additional support from the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab, the Henson Foundation and in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council. Special thanks to the Dillon Gallery.