Drawing inspiration from private and personal accounts of Armenian history, we will create a mid-length performance using primarily shadow puppetry.
The project will be made in Yerevan, Armenia, over the course of three months (May to July 2013), during of a residency at ACOSS cultural center. The piece will be a collaboration between Hany Hommos (Egyptian) and Nini Ayach (French/American), as well as with Armenian puppeteers and musicians.
Using the history of puppetry in the Ottoman Empire, Mongol Empire, Persian Empire and USSR (amongst others) as visual inspiration, and interviews with citizens of Yerevan as a narrative inspiration, this piece will address Armenian national identity and a subjective form of history.
As part of the preparation process, research on Armenian puppetry was collected during a research residency at the International Marionnette Institute in Charleville, France.
Your support will help us to:
- gather materials
- cover living and residency costs
- and transportation to and from Armenia.
Our total budget needed is $5000, but in order to be realistic about our crowdfunding, our Kickstarter goal is $3500. However, we would really appreciate any contributions that go above our goal!
Risks and challenges
We are still waiting for the confirmation of our Armenian Visa acceptance. We will be posting updates as the process develops, we are hopeful that we will have our visas confirmed by the end of February.
Of course, the Armenian language can be seen as an obstacle, especially in any collaborative work, but we are currently working hard on studying our written and spoken Eastern Armenian, and will have a basic knowledge of it when we arrive.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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