Conference of the Birds / by R. Sheth

June 2830, 2013

Written by Farid ud Din Attar
Adapted by Meena Natarajan
Directed by Dipankar Mukherjee

Featuring: Melissa Canciller, Steve Casillas, Gordon Chow, Rula Gardenier, Semaj Miller, Anthony Peeples, Andrea Salloum, Czerina Salud, Daniel Smith, and Vahishta Vafadari

Musical Accompaniment by Dan Rein

Conference of the Birds metaphorically maps out the journey of the human ego and the quest for truth. In this classic tale, the birds of the world take flight on a pilgrimage to find their celebrated king, but the dangers and hardships encountered along the way cause many in the flock to abandon their search. In the end the small number of birds that survive uncover a profound secret.

Presented in collaboration with the Ismaili Community of Chicago, an Artistic and Cultural Diversity Initiative funded by The Chicago Community Trust

Also performed at the Ismaili Center Chicago