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Dear Armen: Audience Immersive Theatre
Alwan for the Arts
New York, NY
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About Dear Armen:

An audience immersive theater experience inspired by Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian performer and poet who survived the anti-Armenian pogroms in the early 20th century. Integrating traditional Armenian dance, erotic performance, and spoken word, Dear Armen follows young Garineh, who has been researching the life and art of Ohanian in search of a role model and mentor. Struggling to reconcile the gaps between her subject's writings and scarce biographical information, Garineh begins unraveling questions about her own gender, sexuality, ethnicity, family, and the role of the artist in modern life.

Ohanian's story serves as a means to uncover and explore the powerful and complex "femininity" of modern Armenian women. Ohanian was not only a performer, but also a producer, choreographer, and directorthus claiming roles that have been traditionally assigned to men. Through experimental theatre and interdisciplinary performance, Saboteur Productions reincarnates Ohanian's life and spirit  demonstrating her ability to transform herself and the audience's perception of theatre and the erotic. The play weaves together a narrative that bridges a century of women and artists determined to live life on their own terms.

Saboteur Productions:

Founded in 2013 by long-time collaborators Kamee Abrahamian and Tiffany Golarz this audience-interactive, site-specific theater company blends dance, circus, physical theater and spoken word. Beginning with The Blood Ballet in 2010, the two performers spearheaded the growth of the Montreal's cabaret scene. The company has toured around the globe, including Tokyo, Berlin, and Tel Avivand also mounted the production of Panama City's inaugural burlesque show. D. Lee Williams is the main collaborator with Saboteur productions of Dear Armen.

Independent producers Christopher Atamian and Kathleen Minogue Keagy are co-producing this New York premiere.
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Alwan for the Arts (View)
16 Beaver St. 4th Fl
New York, NY 10004
United States


Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Social > LGBT

Minimum Age: 12
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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