The Conference of the Birds


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The Conference of the Birds is a stage performance inspired by the Persian poet Farid-ud-Din Attar's (1145 – 1220) extensive poem Manteq ot-teyr. The work is based on a close collaboration between the participants where music, dance, video projections, sound, light and costume together create contrasting worlds throughout the different parts of the work. In the poem, all birds in the world gather for a meeting where they decide to choose Simorgh as their leader, a mythical bird that can be found beyond seven valleys. Sometimes closely intertwined, sometimes separated, the birds make their way through the seven valleys. Only at the end of the journey do the birds understand how they belong together on an existential plane, both in the past and in the future. The music in the performance is based on and inspired by the Swedish – French composer Madeleine Isaksson's (b. 1956) solo work for recorder, Les sept vallées (2006). 

Musician: Kerstin Frödin  
Dancer: Katarina Eriksson
Choreography: Åsa Unander-Scharin 
Videoscenography: Lene Juhl
Costume design: Ingibjörg Jara Sigurðardóttir 
Musical arrangement: Kerstin Frödin
Elektroacoustic music & sound design: Kent Olofsson 
Video technique & light design: Magnus Grönberg
Dressmaker: Elma Bjarney Guðmundsdóttir 
Photo: Marie Fäldt
Graphic form: Malou Holm 


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