PASSAGE THROUGH LIGHT AND SHADOWS: THE CHILDREN OF ARARAT

Genre: Dance
Anahid Sofian

Anahid Sofian is proud to announce the World Premiere of her new dance/theater work "Passage through Light and Shadows: The Children of Ararat," which she describes as "an ethos of the Armenian people, their culture, history, religion, arts and folklore."   Sofian, who will appear as "The Rememberer," will present a large cast of  actors/dancers, special choreography by guest Gagik Karapetian, director of the Armenian State Ensemble, and extensive video integrations created by Jeremy Haik.   This very special season will also include two Saturday 4 PM showings of the long-lost 1919 silent film, Ravished Armenia, which was based on the autobiography of Aurora Mardiganian, who at age 15 escaped the massacres of the Armenians in 1915 Ottoman Turkey.

Anahid Sofian, an acclaimed specialist in dances of the Near and Middle East, has worked for several years on this ambitious production, of which she states:  "It is my artistic vision of being Armenian.   I want to express my love for our ancient and rich culture, and honor my parents, who survived the Armenian Genocide."

A few of the highlights of the evening are

  • Enactments of The Legend of Akhtamar, an Armenian-style Romeo and Juliet, and an Armenian fable The Black Dog of Fate;
  • Dances that range from the traditional, going back to pagan times, to dances inspired by Armenian poetry;
  • A portion of the Armenian Liturgy will also be enacted, dating back to 301 A.D. when Armenia became the first Christian nation on earth. Video projections will display the magnificence of the Armenian churches, which influenced the Gothic churchs of Europe.
October 22-31 (total of 10 performances)
       Friday & Saturday October 22 & 23 at 8 PM
       Sunday, October 24 at 3 PM & 7 PM
       Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday October 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM

       Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 30 at 8 PM
       Sunday October 31 at 3 PM
       Showings of Ravished Armenia, Saturdays October 23 & October 30 at 4 PM
Theatre of St. Clements Church, 423 West 46 Street
Tickets:$35; $25 for students & seniors
Donation:  for Ravished Armenia, $15
Reservations: 212-352-3101 or www.theatermania.com, or on website www.childrenofararat.net  
 
Choreography, Artistic Direction, and Script: Anahid Sofian
Associate Director: Jeffrey Lewonczyk, Brick Theatre
Guest Choreographer: Gagik Karapetian, Armenian State Ensemble
Lighting Design: Kia Rogers
Videographer: Jeremy Haik
Costumes: Meganne George
Scenic Design: Joseph Spirito, Castillo Theatre/All Stars Projects
Consultant: Joyce Tamesian-Shenloogian, Artistic Director, Antranig Armenian Dance Ensemble
 
Performers: Harout Barsoumian, Carlos Fittante, Olsi Gecji, Zobeida Ghattas, Erin Jennings, Sira Melikian, Carolin Melkonian, Nadia Maria Michael, Jean Musacchio, Janet Poriadjian, Anahid Sofian, Harout Takvorian, Stephanie Vartanian
Narrative: Saro Jahani, Gilda Kupelian, Rosine Tanashian, Vaghenag Tarpinian

Open:   10/22/10
Close:   10/31/10

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October 22-31 (total of 10 performances)
Friday & Saturday October 22 & 23 at 8 PM
Sunday, October 24 at 3 PM & 7 PM
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday October 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM
Friday & Saturday, October 29 & 30 at 8 PM
Sunday October 31 at 3 PM
Showings of Ravished Armenia, Saturdays October 23 & October 30 at 4 PM

Theater:   Theatre at St. Clements
Address:   423 West 46th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$35 ($25 students/seniors)
Buy Tickets Online or Call: at 212-352-3101