Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise
A futuristic kung fu musical co-conceived by Chen Shi-Zheng and Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger, with songs by Sia and choreography by Akram Khan
Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise tells the story of a secret sect in Flushing, Queens, that possesses the magical power to extend human life, and the twin brother and sister caught in the struggle to control it. Co-conceived by Chen Shi-Zheng (Peony Pavilion at Lincoln Center Festival, Monkey: Journey to the West at Manchester International Festival) and screenwriters Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda I-III), Dragon Spring Phoenix Rise features songs by Sia (1000 Forms of Fear, This is Acting) remixed by The Haxan Cloak (producer: Björk, The Body, Father John Misty; film and television: Seven Seconds, Almost Holy with Atticus Ross) and Venezuelan artist and producer Arca, movement and aerial choreography by Akram Khan (XENOS And English National Ballet’s Giselle), production design and costumes by Tim Yip (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), and casting by Kristen Paladino, with special thanks to master martial arts choreographer Yuen Woo-Ping. The action happens in front of, around, and above the audience in this original production designed specifically for the soaring, flexible space of The McCourt.