“Nobody is ever just a refugee….Let us tell a different story. Let us remember that the movement of human beings on earth is not new. Human history is a history of movement and mingling.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
“A man whose eyes love opens risks his soul –
His dancing breaks beyond the mind’s control.” – Farid al-Din Attar, The Conference of the Birds
In the Spring of 2018, with support from a Building Bridges grant from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and a Live Arts Boston grant from The Boston Foundation, the Boston Center for the Arts has commissioned ANIKAYA Dance Theater to create The Conference of the Birds. Conference of the Birds will be an evening-length movement theater work inspired by the epic poem of Farid Ud din Attar, and embodying stories gathered from modern-day refugees and other migrants.