Past Commissions
2018 | ANIKAYA Dance Theater | Conference of the Birds PDF Print E-mail

Conference of the Birds
Created by ANIKAYA Dance Theater
Commissioned by Boston Center for the Arts

Through the contemporary elements of video projection, original sound score, and an ensemble of dancers from across the globe, ANIKAYA Dance Theater invites you to experience an ancient tale about the soul’s search for meaning. Inspired by the Persian literary masterpiece The Conference of the Birds, this world premiere shares stories of modern epic journeys collected from members of local Muslim, immigrant, refugee and dance communities in a magnificent allegory about the human spirit and the quest for the divine. A global work incubated and developed in Boston, Conference of the Birds is a major original movement theater piece commissioned by Boston Center for the Arts.

Thursday, April 5 | 7:30 pm
Friday, April 6 | 8 pm
Saturday, April 7 | 4 pm & 8 pm
Sunday, April 8 | 4 pm
Roberts Studio Theatre, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Story Gathering and Movement Workshop

with ANIKAYA Dance Theater

Boston Center for the Arts has commissioned ANIKAYA Dance Theater to create a major original movement theater piece, Conference of the Birds. An integral aspect of the content of creation of this piece are public story gathering and movement workshops with a focus on connecting the Muslim, immigrant, refugee, and dance communities, amongst others. ANIKAYA Dance Theater invites you to contribute to the creative process of this new work based on the ancient Sufi poem, The Conference of the Birds, a magnificent tale about the human spirit and the quest for the divine.

Workshop participants are invited to move with an ensemble of dancers from across the globe and share stories of their journey, fears and hopes through verbal, written or movement communication. Elements of stories shared may be woven into the premiere performance in April.

All abilities are welcome.
Free Public Program
March 13 | 6:00–8:00 pm | Martin Hall | Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Please note this event has been rescheduled from March 7 due to weather.

Conference of the Birds is supported by a generous Building Bridges 2016–2017 grant for the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art (DDFIA).

2017 | Know No. by Masary Studios PDF Print E-mail

Masary Studios presents Know No


Repercussions of the word NO reverberate around the historic walls of the Cyclorama in this site-specific installation created by Masary Studios for Boston Center for the Arts. Explore complex, emotional and visceral human reactions to denial with a dozen performers who combine light, sound and poetry in a thrilling spectacle that is the first major commission in the Cyclorama in decades.

Know No. Teaser | Boston Center for the Arts from Masary Studios.

Learn more about the process through Masary Studios blog.

This experience is made possible in part by The Barr Foundation and The Klarman Family Foundation through the Barr-Klarman Arts Capacity Building Initiative’s Artistic Risk Fund.



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