The Birds Conference – new production/season begins Wednesday 2 September 2015

Birds Confereance lampThe Birds Conference began life in 2014 with a short three night season as part of La Mama Theatre’s Explorations series. Now the show is back at La Mama for a two week season. The production is very different to last year’s show, with the addition of Simon Fisher on visuals, and a quite different tone and flow to the story. Rehearsals have often been jaw-dropping affairs, with powerhouse performances by our Naghal (storyteller), Elnaz Sheshgelani. I am providing music, joined on some nights by Ren Walters. Official blurb follows:

The birds of the world gather to embark upon a perilous journey to find the Simorgh, a mythical Persian Phoenix-like bird.

In the end, only thirty remain and find nothing but their own reflection in the lake.
In that moment they come to the non-dualist realisation that we are the “One that has no Other”; there is no separation.

Through her personal reconstruction of a lost, ancient, pre-Islamic form of Persian storytelling, “Naghali”, Elnaz Sheshgelani takes you through the seven levels of self-discovery embodied in this story.

A unique style of puppetry, masks, dance and Persian singing draws the audience to a magical place to experience the timeless nature of our humanity – that which connects us to one another.

Tickets are selling fast (Opening Night already sold out), book yours quick to avoid disappointment.

2-13 September, 2015

Wed 6.30pm
Thu 7.30pm
Fri 7.30pm
Sat 7.30pm
Sun 4pm

(no shows Monday or Tuesday)

La Mama Theatre, 205 Faraday Street, Carlton


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The Birds Conference

Birds Conference

Elnaz Sheshgelani’s play “The Birds Conference” premiered as part of La Mama Theatre’s Explorations series for a brief run of three nights in November 2014. For one night only at Conduit Arts, Sheshgelani is rejoined by Clinton Green & Shani Mohini-Holmes to revive their creative partnership in the world of the birds, presenting several episodes of the play in an intimate setting, with lighting design by Simon Fisher.

Opening proceedings on the night will be:

– Shani Mohini-Holmes/Adrian Sherriff duo

– Clinton Green (solo)

Friday 22 May, 2015 – 8pm

Conduit Arts, 83 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Entry: $10

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The full production of the play will return to La Mama for a longer season later in 2015.