Conference of the Birds

a workshop performance

The Birds are Coming!

Get ready to be entranced by the original sound and movement of the Conference of the Birds. From November 20th - 22nd, the birds will be alighting on the Wawasan Open University stage in Penang, and will entertain and provoke you with their journey to enlightenment.

Conference of the Birds is a contemporary operatic interpretation of a poem written in Persian by the 12th century poet, Farid ud-Din Attar.

The poem describes the search of a group of birds for a leader: it is an allegory of a Sufi sheikh or master leading his pupils to enlightenment. This production is a loose interpretation of the poem, using sound and movement to tell the story.

“The idea of a journey as a process of searching, attracts me as a simple but a powerful one that is universally understood. To journey to another place in search of a better life or condition is one of the fundamental motivations of our human condition. It transcends place, time and culture” (Chee Sek Thim, director).

Details (3 shows):

20 - 21 November 2009 @ 8:30pm
22 November 2009 @ 3.00pm
Venue: Wawasan Open University, Theatre 1, Level 5, Pulau Pinang.

Entry by donation: RM20 (adults) & RM10 (students).

Available from Sentuhan, 90 Armenian Street (016-4733483); Penang Heritage Trust, 26 Lebuh Gereja (04-2642631); or James Lochhead at 016 4846042.

For more information, please have a look at the project blog at

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