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Search for Simurgh

Search for Simurgh is an immersive, interactive performance installation named for the Persian mythological bird akin to a Phoenix. In Search for Simurgh, the audience moves through a series of chambers as they take an active role in this multi-layered story that challenges assumptions about freedom.


Initiated by Roya Movafegh and Kate Digby in 2013, after Movafegh's passing the project was led by Digby and Erika Batdorf from 2017-2019, and was developed in collaboration with designers and performers from a wide array of disciplines.

The project is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Kansas State University, Biopac Systems, Inc. and individual donors.

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Photo by John Lauener

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