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'The Circle of Life' dance ceremony


Armenian Genocide commemorated at SOAS 


London Student, 13 March 2015 by Colin Cortbus 

Armenian, Kurdish, Greek, Assyrian And Turkish students stood together in an candlelit vigil on Wednesday to commemorate victims of the massacres.

Holding candles in solemn silence, students and activists formed a “circle of life” to mark 100th anniversary of the Armenian & Assyrian Genocide. Later they joined hands to perform a series of traditional, and at times emotional Armenian dances.

Those present wore butterfly shaped badges that bore names of over 50 peoples subjected to genocide in the past century in a remarkably inclusive and open ceremony. Genocides also commemorated included the Holodomor genocide in Ukraine, the Holocaust, and the Rwandan Genocide.

Artist Shakeh Major Tchilingirian told attendees “As we join hands and take steps together, we not only remember the victims but, more significantly, we affirm the dignity and value of lost human lives… With our presence here tonight, we show our determination and collective strength to stand up against injustice and inhuman treatment of fellow human beings”.



Copenhagen: Song and Dance Ensemble


Tatul Altunyan Armenian Song and Dance Ensemble

Københavns Kulturcenter, Copenhagen | 11 October 2014


The Copenhagen Post

Photos: International Club Copenhagen ICC News


Opening remarks by Shakeh Major Tchilingirian


Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to welcome you all on this special occasion, to the very first performance of the Tatul Altunyan Armenian State Song and Dance Ensemble in Denmark.

I would like to share some insight into the mystery and magic of Armenian folk song and dance and the significance of the work of the great founder Tatul Altunyan himself.


Community Circle Dance


Celebrating the Feast of Ascension Dancing Around the Church

Shakeh Major Tchilingirian leads the community in a large circle dance

e-Newsletter, Issue 20 (Volume 4), 18May 2013


Last Sunday, 12 May, 2013, the Parish Council of the St Sarkis Church has organised a special celebration of the Feast of the Ascension of Christ (Hampartsum,Hambarcum), and thank God the weather cooperated! At the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy, the faithful were greeted with traditional Armenian music as they gathered in the front yard. Shakeh Major Tchilingirian welcomed all and explained the typical Armenian patterns of circle-dance and their meaning. The faithful were then invited to join in the circle dance with simple steps.



"Nerdurs" featuring Shakeh Major Tchilingirian


Slaq TV report, 24 Nov 2012

Nerdurs պարային ներկայացումը արտացոլում է սփյուռքահայերի ապրումները.