•  Theatre 2016
 Poland
  Teatr ZAR
Armine, Sister
Directed by: Jarosław Fret
Musical dramaturgy and installation: Jarosław Fret
Modal song studio led by: Aram Kerovpyan
Vocal collaboration: Virginia Pattie Kerovpyan
Sets built by a team led by Piotr Jacyk: Maciej Mądry, Krzysztof Nawój, Paweł Nowak, Bartosz Radziszewski, Andrzej Walada
Lighting: Maciej Mądry
Project coordination: Magdalena Mądra
Media contact: Jakub Tabisz
Tour manager: Joanna Gdowska
Cast: Davit Baroyan, Ditte Berkeley, Przemysław Błaszczak, Alessandro Curti, Jarosław Fret, Murat Içlinalça, Dengbej Kazo, Aram Kerovpyan, Vahan Kerovpyan, Kamila Klamut, Aleksandra Kotecka, Simona Sala, Orest Sharak, Mahsa Vahdat, Marjan Vahdat, Tomasz Wierzbowski
The title, “Armine, Sister”, recalls the first two words of a letter with no legible address, doomed to drift around in time and space. Originally the spectacle was intended as a séance in which it is not us calling the departed, but the spirits of the dead calling to have a trace of the past revealed, made visible, unearthed. The memory is not only an idea or an object. It is primarily the relationship between us, all those who have died as well as those who still are remaining witnesses. Breaking the indifference of the modern world, our world and our time, we can again become witnesses to the witnesses. Armine lives in our eyes. Our goal is to recover this memory for the world, sing forgotten songs, discover ruins and tombs covered with sand, find and read the memories of the victims. “Armine, Sister” is dedicated to the history of the Armenian people in Anatolia and their extermination at the beginning of the 20th century. It explores the question of “Europe’s silence” as well as the act of witnessing and inheritance of witnessing. The project is realized in both artistic and research fields, including expeditions, study of Armenian tradition and history, as well as performer work sessions run at the Grotowski Institute in Wrocław. “Armine, Sister” marks a fundamental change in the work of Teatr ZAR, building on the ten-year experience of working on polyphonic singing. The new vocal training and techniques have required a two-year process learning and “embodying” the songs. The emergent vocal material has been recomposed, harmonized and orchestrated in order to create a contemporary musical drama.
Performance presented in Polish, with translation into Romanian and English.
Performance not recommended to audiences under the age of 16.
Project co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.
www.teatrzar.art.pl.

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