The Conference of the Birds
June 1, 2023
The Conference of the Birds, is a large-format project intended for outdoor performance. A team of creators, led by the renowned theatre-maker Petr Forman, has drawn inspiration from Jean-Claude Carrière’s play La Conférence des oiseaux, based on 12th-century philosophical texts. Foregrounding the theme of inter-human communication, it points out that notwithstanding all the available state-of-the-art technologies in the current multicultural world people find it increasingly difficult to understand each other. The Conference of the Birds affords a comprehensible metaphor and impels applying a variety of genres, as well as a humorous distance and metaphysical contemplation.
There are more than 10,000 avian species on Earth. If they can exist in symbiosis, why cannot humans live in synergy?
“I wish we had all been born birds instead.” — Kurt Vonnegut