ANIKAYA Dance arrives to Mahaney Arts Middle

Yoshiko Yap

Future up on the Middlebury Accomplishing Arts Collection is the multi-nationwide dance corporation ANIKAYA, presenting their effective 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 perform motivated 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 legendary staying, the Simurgh. Lots of of the birds abandon the quest. When the remaining birds get there in the land of the Simurgh, they discover them selves mirrored — they are the pretty deity they find.

Designed by a team of artists from ten international locations and 5 continents, “Conference of the Birds” takes Attar’s unique poem and tells a story of our periods by it — a tale of migration, of obtaining our way, of locating community by means of our struggles. The functionality asks a question that is the two well timed and timeless: how can we be unique collectively? And it proposes an solution in the bodies of the dancers, and in the layering of voices, narratives and imagery.

This reside, in-particular person function is open to audiences from both of those on- and off-campus. 

About the Artists

ANIKAYA Dance Theater is a multi-national, artist-run business with a mission to crack down the perceived boundaries in between folks, cultures, and art varieties. The enterprise weaves alongside one another audio, dance, visible art, new media and storytelling to produce function that resounds of deep-rooted traditions, devoid of becoming sure to any just one style, put, or exercise. ANIKAYA’s operate seeks to crack down boundaries by an embodied practice of radical empathy.

ANIKAYA’s projects are developed by and for men and women of all genders and gender presentations, people today of shade from the U.S. and all over the world, LGBTQIA folks, and folks who build in bodies that are socially manufactured as disabled.

Led by choreographer Wendy Jehlen considering that 1998, ANIKAYA has done 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” reside 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 common public, $20 for Middlebury school/staff and alumni, $10 for youth, and $5 for Middlebury College or university learners. Vaccinations and boosters (or legitimate healthcare or spiritual exemptions) and masks are needed. For tickets, overall health and safety protocols, and data, connect with (802) 443-MIDD (6433) or go to

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