Conference of the Birds
(East Asia Edition)
An ANIKAYA Dance Theater Production
“Nobody is ever just a refugee….Let us tell a different story. Let us remember that the movement of human beings on earth is not new. Human history is a history of movement and mingling.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“A man whose eyes love opens risks his soul –
His dancing breaks beyond the mind’s control.” – Farid al-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds
In the Spring of 2018, with support from a Building Bridges grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, a Live Arts Boston grant from The Boston Foundation, an In the Lab grant from Theater Communications Group, a Jacob’s Pillow Choreographers’ Residency, and commissioned by the Boston Center for the Arts ANIKAYA Dance Theater premiered The Conference of the Birds. Conference of the Birds is an evening-length movement theater work inspired by the epic poem of Farid Ud din Attar, and embodying stories gathered from modern-day refugees and other migrants.