The Conference of the Birds is a Context Oriented Theatre adaptation of the 12th Century Persian poem by Farid Ud-Din Attar. The poem describes the journey of a group of birds through seven valleys to the castle of the magical bird called the Simorgh. But it is also an allegory representing the sufi path towards liberation. This adaptation progresses from classical to participative to immersive theatre, taking the audience on a journey inward to know ourselves so that we can explore the secret of our existence.
The Conference of the Birds tells the story of a group of characters dealing with a crisis. The crisis varies to be relevant to the hosting community. For the Cardiff performance the issue is immigration. But the issue is not the issue. Rather it is how different characters respond to the crisis, according to their interpretation of themselves in the story.
The play takes place in a yurt, where the audience are invited to join an important meeting by the Hoopoe who engages the audience in an effort to persuade the other characters to find an action that will break the pattern. Eventually the audience themselves go on the journey too, passing through seven valleys to engage with all the senses in transforming consciousness.
The play can be up to 3 hours long and in the final 40 minutes the audience are invited to wear a blindfold.
The Conference of the Birds is performed as part of the International Performance Festival Cardiff. For further information visit http://intangiblestudio.co.uk/ipfc/ Please note that The Conference of the Birds is not included in the Festival Pass.