Johannesburg-based MAAN Creative worked with stage producer Janni Younge, formerly of HANDSPRING PUPPET CO., on a theatre piece combining puppetry, dance and animation with a live symphony orchestra. Commissioned by IMG Artists in the US and loosely inspired by Igor Stravinsky’s progressive 1910 ballet of the same name, THE FIREBIRD unfolds an abstract narrative drawing on South Africa’s recent history of freedom and conflict, while also evoking a deeper personal conflict between creativity and reason.
Animation Director - Michael Clark
Illustration - Michael Clark, Johan Scheepers
Animation - Michael Clark, Johan Scheepers, Chris Staub, Kgothatso "Bruce" Malatji, Lauren Jansons