Conference of the Birds is an evening-length multi-media movement theater work inspired by the epic poem of Farid Ud din Attar, and embodying modern-day stories of migration.

Created by a team of artists from ten countries and five continents, ANIKAYA’s Conference of the Birds takes Attar’s original Persian poem and tells the story of our times through it – a story of migration, of finding our way, of finding community through and in our struggles. The performance asks a question that is both timely and timeless – how can we be different together? – and it proposes an answer in the bodies of the dancers, in the layering of voices, narratives and imagery.

Casting :

Direction & Choregraphy : Wendy Jehlen

Dancers/performers : Marcel Gbeffa, Ibrahim Abdo, Sarveshan Gangen, Lucian Ramos Silva, Ching-I Chang, Danang Pamungkas, Yasin Anar, Wendy Jehlen

Music : Shaho Andalibi, Shaw Pong Liu, Eric Raynaud

Live sound performance : Eric Raynaud

Visuals and video projection : David Bengali

Lightning : Stephen Petrilli

Graphic art content consultant : Pouya Jahanshahi


Upcoming shows

Kinani, International Platform for Contemporary Dance 2023, Maputo, mozambique

Infecting the City Festival 2023, Cape Town, South Africa

Ramallah contemporary dance festival 2023, Ramallah, Palestinian territory

Past shows

UBUMUNTU Arts Festival, Kigali, Rwanda

Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, Vermont, USA

Bharat Rang Mahotsav Festival, New Delhi and Shillong, India

Dance Place, Washington, DC, USA

Boston Center for the Art, Boston, USA (Premiere)