Teatr Zar Press Release

For immediate release
January 5, 2015 

Contact: Andrew Wood andrew@sfiaf.org
Alice Malia alice@sfiaf.org

Festival Announces Teatr Zar from Poland
to Present US Premiere of Armine, Sister
in May 2015

Performances Mark 100th Anniversary of Armenian Genocide


Calendar Editors Please Note
Who: Teatr Zar
What: Armine, Sister
Where: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco
When: WSunday May 24 – Saturday May 30, 2015, 9:00pm
Tickets: $30 General Admission
Box Office: www.sfiaf.org, 800-838-3006
More Information: 415-399-9554, info@sfiaf.org

January 5, 2015, San Francisco: The San Francisco International Arts Festival (SFIAF) is very proud to announce that Teatr Zar, the resident company at the Grotowski Institute in Wroclaw Poland will perform their latest work titled Armine, Sister at the Festival in May 2015.

The performances will be the U.S. Premiere of the evening length piece, which refers to the history of the Armenian people in Anatolia and their near-extermination at the beginning of the 20th century in what became known as the Armenian Genocide. The project focuses on the history of the world’s silence on the subject of the Genocide and is a reflection on the act and inheritance of witnessing.

Armine, Sister explores Anatolian monodic traditions. The project marks the further evolution of Teatr Zar’s vocal competence built for over ten years and resulting from their experience performing polyphonic songs. The primary collaborator on Armine, Sister is Aram Kerovpyan, the Istanbul-born master singer of the Armenian Cathedral in Paris. The project also includes guest artists from various music traditions of Asia Minor, Anatolia and Iran, whom Zar artistic director Jaroslaw Fret and members of the group met on their expeditions. They include the Van-born Kurdish singer Dengbej Kazo; Murat Iclinalca, the Armenian master singer at St Gregory the Illuminator Church in Istanbul; the Teheran-born sisters Mahsa and Marjan Vahdat; and Vahan Kerovpyan, a composer and drummer born to an Armenian family in Paris.

Armine, Sister also marks another new dimension in the evolution of Teatr Zar. The project is the first manifestation of the group refers to as WITNESS/ACTION. The company has always been characterized by its dedication to research and study with an almost obsessive focus on detail. Now Zar also has a major social justice component to its mission. The company members are applying themselves to this new mandate in a manner that is consistent with their approach to making art and mission; that is as an ensemble theatre inspired by the thoughts and teachings of Jerzy Grotowski. Armine, Sister has been four years in the making.

In addition to six performances of Armine, Sister the engagement includes complementary music concerts featuring a number of their Armenian guest artists, workshops, panel discussions, a documentary film series and a photography exhibition.

This engagement of Armine, Sister by Teatr Zar is made possible by the support of by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the City of Wroclaw, the Grotowski Institute, the FMC Presents Series, the Polish Cultural Center in New York, the Polish Consulate in Los Angeles, the WESTAF Tourwest Grant and the Koret Foundation.