To create her music theatre piece Rainbow, the artist Nazanin Fakoor took on The Conference of the Birds, a literary masterpiece by the Persian mystic poet Farid ud-Din Attar. In Attar’s story, thousands of birds search for Simorgh, the mythical bird that symbolises the truth. After many hardships on their journey, only 30 birds reach the end of their quest. Only then do they realise that they themselves are the Si (thirty) morgh (birds). This beautiful poetry provides the basis for the libretto of Rainbow. The Iranian composer Aftab Darvishi (Tenso Young Composers Award 2016) has written a new composition, performed live by the Swara Ensemble in a mobile installation that - literally - reflects our differences and multiple identities. In this way, Fakoor ‘reflects’ on the myth of a clear-cut national identity and the celebration of difference.

Concept, directing, installation and adaptation: Nazanin Fakoor
Composition: Aftab Darvishi
Dramaturgy: Tobias Kokkelmans

Performed by the SWARA Vocal Ensemble under the direction of Ivan Yohan

Marion Bauwens, soprano
Sarah Verhoeven, soprano
Anna Nuytten, mezzo-soprano
Imogen Streul, mezzo-soprano
Hendrik Mispelon, tenor
Kevin Skelton, tenor
Dody Soetanto, baritone
Andrés Soler Castaño, bass

Anne Gordon, voice
Nazanin Fakoor, voice
Ella Jafari, child's voice

based on
The Conference of the Birds (Farid ud-Din Attar)

Production: kunstencentrum nona – Co-production: C-TAKT, Lunalia / Festival van Vlaanderen Mechelen, workspacebrussels - With support from Flanders state of art and the Flemish Community Commission, Sabam, Kunstencentrum BUDA and Boghossian Fondation

Rainbow is a project that questions identity and its multiple facets. Comparable to rainbows, formed by the reflection and dispersion of sunlight, we all are the result of an infinity of reflections of the encounters that accumulate throughout history. Our identity is plural, but we are constantly confronted with a simplifying categorisation.

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Rainbow fountain
Rainbow performative installation
Rainbow immersive installation
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