A multi-disciplinary creation and poetic journey of a woman in quest of her history, in quest of meaning, in quest of a Lost Spring is making it’s New York City debut. This concert mixes theater, dance, and live music, and is further brought to life by the visuals of artist Kevork Mourad.
A personal story told by the artists surrounding the Armenian Genocide and the difficulty in which a mother explains this troubled history to her daughter. A beautiful and emotional glimpse into the lasting horrors that have affected generations of Armenian people.
“When our older daughter came of an age to understand the idea of good and evil, Kevork and I started wondering how we were to explain to her what was happening in the world, and how we were to explain the history that had created her. Being of Armenian descent, the great-grandchildren of genocide survivors, we wanted her to value her heritage and understand her history, but to use her understanding in her present and future. We find ourselves once more in the midst of a “never again” moment in several parts of the world and—very close to home for us—in Kevork’s own home town of Aleppo. It is a heavy thing to carry a tragic history as the narrative of your ancestry, but it is even more problematic in a world in which that history is retold in the present, both as a repeated narrative and as the physical unfolding of one new tragedy after another. Both as parents and as artists we felt it essential to explore what our duties were as the transmitters of history, as the educators of the newer generation, and to question, truthfully, what our duties and rights vis-a-vis our past really are.
Because Kevork is a painter/performer and I am a musician in love with story, we have created a piece in which we put our questions on stage through the media of live and pre-animated art, dramatic narrative, live music, and dance, with our incredible colleagues, Anna Garano and Amber Star Merkens. And both receiving and helping to carry the narrative forward, our daughter Cirène takes her place on stage as well.”
-Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, co-creator