SEPTEMBER 2016: THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS
Directed By: Vinita Sud Belani
Head of Production: Usha Srinivasan
Music Composer: Randy Armstrong
Dance & Music Director: Antara Bhardwaj
Fri, Sept. 9th – 8 PM | Sat, Sept. 10th – 2 PM and 6 PM |
Sun, Sept. 11th 2016 – 4 PM
Mexican Heritage Plaza
1700 Alum Rock Ave
San Jose, CA 95116
Sangam Arts and Enacte Arts present a contemporary interpretation of the 12th century Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar’s magnum opus – an inspirational parable about the painful but beautiful human journey towards understanding.
Hoopoe the wise one calls for a conference of hundreds of birds, exhorting them to embark on a perilous journey across seven treacherous valleys in search of Simorgh, their king and salvation. The seven valleys represent challenges on the path to realizing the true nature of God – Yearning, Love, Mystical Knowledge, Detachment, Unity of God, Bewilderment and finally, Selflessness and Oblivion in God.
Thirty artists representing ten dance traditions spanning four continents feature in a vibrant, multi-sensory interpretation of the timeless Sufi quest narrative – The Conference of the Birds. The production uses Peter Brook and Academy Award winning playwright Jean-Claude Carriere’s play as the theatrical basis.