ANIKAYA Dance arrives to Mahaney Arts Center

Ora Sawyers

Future up on the Middlebury Performing Arts Collection is the multi-countrywide dance enterprise ANIKAYA, presenting their impressive perform Conference of the Birds March 11-12 at the Mahaney Arts Middle.

“Conference of the Birds” is an night-duration, multi-media motion theater work 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 lookup of a mythical becoming, the Simurgh. Quite a few of the birds abandon the quest. When the remaining birds get there in the land of the Simurgh, they find themselves reflected — they are the pretty deity they request.

Produced by a crew of artists from 10 countries and 5 continents, “Conference of the Birds” takes Attar’s primary poem and tells a story of our occasions as a result of it — a tale of migration, of obtaining our way, of locating community by means of our struggles. The performance asks a query that is the two timely and timeless: how can we be diverse with each other? And it proposes an answer in the bodies of the dancers, and in the layering of voices, narratives and imagery.

This dwell, in-individual function is open up to audiences from each on- and off-campus. 

About the Artists

ANIKAYA Dance Theater is a multi-national, artist-operate organization with a mission to split down the perceived boundaries between folks, cultures, and artwork kinds. The organization weaves collectively new music, dance, visual art, new media and storytelling to create operate that resounds of deep-rooted traditions, with out being bound to any a single genre, spot, or apply. ANIKAYA’s do the job seeks to split down boundaries by way of an embodied apply of radical empathy.

ANIKAYA’s jobs are designed by and for persons of all genders and gender shows, people today of coloration from the U.S. and all around the globe, LGBTQIA persons, and persons who build in bodies that are socially constructed as disabled.

Led by choreographer Wendy Jehlen considering that 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 conduct “Conference of the Birds” are living 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 normal public, $20 for Middlebury college/staff and alumni, $10 for youth, and $5 for Middlebury College college students. Vaccinations and boosters (or legitimate medical or spiritual exemptions) and masks are necessary. For tickets, overall health and basic safety protocols, and data, simply call (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or take a look at

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