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Articles

The ‘Circle of Life’ in Face of Death

Grapevine, Summer 2015, pp 16-18. 

(Quarterly Journal of the Sacred/Circle Dance Network)


Shakeh Major Tchilingirian

 

How would you commemorate the centenary of a horrific event in the life of a people? Is it possible to commemorate the dead as well as celebrate the triumph of human spirit of survival?  Such questions lingered in my mind for months as the hundredth anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on the 24th of April 2015 was approaching.  The Genocide was a state-implemented crime against 1.5 million Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, today’s Turkey.

 

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"Witnessing after the Witnessing"

Teatr ZAR | "Armine, Sister"

Battersea Arts Centre, London | October 2014

 

"Witnessing after the Witnessing"

 

Shakeh Major Tchilingirian

 

"Armine, Sister" continues to equally haunt and soothe me.  Weeks have lapsed since I saw the European premiere in London and am trying to make sense of the experience in words. And I am very much aware of being rough and raw much like the physical theatre experience itself.

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Armenian Folk Dance: A Celebration of Life

Shakeh Major Tchilingirian


Song and dance are significant expressions of the Armenian ethos, especially for Armenians living in dispersion. Armenian dance provides a living and evolving link with the historic homeland and present day Armenia. Love and yearning for the homeland or the beloved are central themes in both Armenian folk songs and dances.

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