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A collaborative project in Yerevan to create a puppetry project inspired by personal accounts relating to Armenian identity. Read more

Yerevan, Armenia Theater
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A collaborative project in Yerevan to create a puppetry project inspired by personal accounts relating to Armenian identity.

Yerevan, Armenia Theater
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About this project

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.

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    A beautiful thank-you e-card, designed by us (we are artists! we can do this!).

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    7 backers

    A download of a special mix of the Armenian music that inspired us to go to Armenia (we are artists! We get inspired!)! And a beautiful thank-you e-card!

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    A digital download of our performance video, as well as a dowload of our favorite Armenian music mix-CD, and a beautiful e-card!

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    A handmade special edition-poster printed on high-quality paper of our project, a digital download of performance video, a download of our special Armenian mix CD, and beautiful e-card!

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    A dadaist Armenia-inspired 2-dimensional puppet, special-edition poster, digital download of performance video, special download of ouf favorite Armenian music, and a beautiful e-card!

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    A handmade papier-mache hand-puppet, a dvd of our performance, downloadable Armenian mix-CD, special-edition poster, and a beautiful e-card!

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    A unique and detailed handmade ceramic MARIONNNETTE puppet (with strings), a digital download of the performance video, Armenian mix-CD download, and a beautiful card from Armenia!

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    A unique piece of copper-engraved, stone-embedded jewelry designed by Hany Hommos (choice of ring or earrings), as well as a hand puppet, downloadable video of performance, Armenian mix-CD, and a beautiful e-card!

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    A choice of two pieces of handmade copper-engraved jewelry with embedded stones (necklace/bracelet and ring/earring), a unique and detailed handmade ceramic MARIONNNETTE puppet (made by us of course!), download of performance video, special-edition poster, a digital poster, and a beautiful e-card!

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    A complete handmade small-scale wooden toy marionnette theater, complete with a cast of puppets to scale, (all made by us of course!), digital download, of performance, special-edition poster, Armenian mix-CD, and a beautifu e-card!

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