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The Conference of the Birds

March 28 at 7:30pm 

The Conference of the Birds

Presented in partnership with The Resonance Collective

March 28 at 7:30pm

The Conference of the Birds is a new oratorio based on Sufi mystic poet Attar’s seminal text about the journey of the soul as it seeks union with the Divine. Composed by Fahad Siadat with a libretto by Sholeh Wolpé and directed/choreographed by André Megerdichian, The Conference of the Birds tells the story of the birds of the world, who embark on a journey to find their king, the Simurgh, a divine, mythical creature. Traveling through The Seven Valleys, the birds follow the spiritual trials of the Sufi path as they journey to the Simurgh’s door. In partnership with A Resonance Collective, the cast and crew of The Conference of the Birds will present selections and scenes from the oratorio. There will be an interactive panel with the creative team after the show.

All audience members must show proof of full vaccination. Masks are required. All audience members 18 and older must show photo ID. As of January 4, children ages 5 to 12 must show proof of full vaccination instead of a negative Covid test result. Learn more about our Covid safety policy.

artists + cast

The Artists

  • Composer: Fahad Siadat
  • Libretto: Sholeh Wolpé
  • Director/Choreographer: André Megerdichian


  • Hoopoe: Anne Harley
  • Narrator: Fahad Siadat
  • Dancer: Catalina Jackson-Urueña
  • Vocal Sextet: HEX Ensemble
  • Ensemble: C3LA: The Contemporary Choral Collective of Los Angeles