Up coming up on the Middlebury Executing Arts Sequence is the multi-nationwide dance firm ANIKAYA, presenting their powerful function Convention of the Birds March 11-12 at the Mahaney Arts Centre.

“Conference of the Birds” is an evening-size, multi-media movement theater function impressed by the epic poem of 12th-century Persian poet Farid Ud din Attar. Attar’s tale follows a team of birds that established off in research of a legendary currently being, the Simurgh. Quite a few of the birds abandon the quest. When the remaining birds arrive in the land of the Simurgh, they find them selves reflected — they are the pretty deity they search for.

Produced by a group of artists from 10 nations around the world and five continents, “Conference of the Birds” can take Attar’s first poem and tells a tale of our situations by means of it — a tale of migration, of getting our way, of finding group as a result of our struggles. The functionality asks a query that is equally timely and timeless: how can we be distinct alongside one another? And it proposes an remedy in the bodies of the dancers, and in the layering of voices, narratives and imagery.

This stay, in-particular person celebration is open to audiences from equally on- and off-campus. 

About the Artists

ANIKAYA Dance Theater is a multi-countrywide, artist-run corporation with a mission to split down the perceived boundaries concerning persons, cultures, and art varieties. The firm weaves alongside one another tunes, dance, visual art, new media and storytelling to build do the job that resounds of deep-rooted traditions, without having currently being bound to any one particular style, spot, or practice. ANIKAYA’s get the job done seeks to crack down boundaries by an embodied practice of radical empathy.

ANIKAYA’s jobs are made by and for folks of all genders and gender displays, men and women of colour from the U.S. and all-around the world, LGBTQIA men and women, and people who build in bodies that are socially made as disabled.

Led by choreographer Wendy Jehlen since 1998, ANIKAYA has carried out in the U.S., Benin, Brazil, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Canada, Haiti, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mali and Turkey.

See ANIKAYA execute “Conference of the Birds” live at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Dance Theatre on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Middlebury faculty/team and alumni, $10 for youth, and $5 for Middlebury Faculty pupils. Vaccinations and boosters (or legitimate health care or spiritual exemptions) and masks are essential. For tickets, wellbeing and security protocols, and info, phone (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or pay a visit to middlebury.edu/arts.

By Indana