Colors of Sarian, Danse of Navasart, Armenia in Louvres etc. Visiting France now will reinvigorate you by all the events planned around Armenia these months. The list itself is already thrilling. The rhythm of the Armenia Year is crazily accelerating, the meter is thrown into panic, my eyes are trying to follow and see everything but I don’t know where to begin ! Plus : the weather is fantastic. ’Love that :o)
France-Arménie asked me to cover the 40 years of the Navasart Armenian danse troup (www.navasart.com
) and the big show Hayastan, created for this special occasion. A perfect coincidence with the year of Armenia, vay vay vay… So I met the founder of this troup, Eddy Djololian during one of their preparation session at Alfortville and saw their show at the Palais des Congrès of Paris (one of the most famous Parisian hall, near Champs Elysée, 3800 seats, and where Aznavour always perform his concert).
I’ve put some pics online
, and can’t resist to share how lucky I feel during these occasions. Like the little mouse that can go everywhere, i had the right to see everything, what’s behind the curtains, ask everything, just thanks to the journalist statute. In the Armenian case, this is a wonderful opportunity to share your point of view, and show the valuable efforts of less known ones toward Armenian’s goodness.
Anyway, this was to say I really liked to see one of Navasart’s repetition 2 weeks ago. It was 2 weeks before their big show of march the 3rd and 4th. All of it looked like a funny chaos : frenetic music of the orchestras repeating, girls working in one room, boys in another, some waiting their turn, lots of shouting debates on how to do this and that and who and where and HEY ! Usual haygagan mess in action ! lol
Navasart is an amateur troup but had a glorious time and has performed in lots prestigious Halls of France and all around the world. What I liked the most in their show last saturday, is the rebirth concept which is the base of this troup that also assume without complex its duality : Armenian troup of diaspora and of France. Traditions in the present ways, and more specifically the French cultural way. Their Hayastan show is original, nice, sympathic, and gives a rather optimist vision of Armenian’s ancient history, rich culture, and continuing existence.
About the danse, I personally prefer Yeraz’s work but it’s a totally different thing and both troup enrich the danse field in their own way (Yeraz is a younger danse troup, created in 2000 by an ex-danser of Navasart, Christina Galstian-Agoudjian, so that there’s always a little competition between the 2 – some pride fight - To me Yeraz have the advantage of a powerful, expressive and full of emotion way to danse, but that’s just my subjective preference).
Anyway, the eternal rebirth concept is also certainly great for an artistic work.
This said, I can know talk about Armenia Sacra, the Louvre exhibition that begun few weeks ago. Marvellous to see all this Armenian historic pieces in the solemn rooms of the Louvres. The exhibition begins in the medieval part of the museum and is developed near the Greek antic sculptures gallery, 2 steps from the Caryatides Room. Beauty everywhere and Armenia amongst all of it.
Unfortunately taking pics was forbidden and here’s the only pics I have. I went there last friday, during the night opening day of the museum so it was more quiet than usual. I was with a non-Armenian friend that studies at the Louvres school, so the sharing of our points of view was really nice (the apprentice specialist of Art’s history and the Armenian one), we both learnt much together. I hardly saw Armenians in this Armenian exhibition (which is rare enough to be mentioned), the major part of visitors where French and tourists ! :o))
I only met a little group of AGBU’s sport section friends, and to give you the most complete vision of the exhibition, the basket-ball section responsible Raffi’s comment was : “lots of stones!” :o)) Also true yes ! But after all, Armenia itself is a land of stones!
A month of conferences is opening next week at the Louvres auditorium, and around Armenia Sacra. Hope that I could enter this time ! The last conference I tried to go to was complete 30min before its beginning : about medieval Armenia in the Cluny museum, with Jannic Durand, chief conservative of the Louvres (also responsible of Armenia Sacra), Jean-Pierre Mahé and Claude Mutakian (great specialists of Armenian history I’ve already mentioned here), and an unknown one which name I forgot. Forgotten because I couldn’t assist the conference. Complete, closed doors we found, this is also rare enough to be mentioned… even if raging. I’ll take my chance with the others coming soon !
Sarian’s paint are in Issy-les-Moulineaux playing card museum… what a common place ! I’m joking, but i was to the Louvres friday, saw Navasart saturday, and when Sarian came sunday, it was like having done one of the regular tours of Sati Tour or anything else in Armenia ! truly amongst so much events, it’s nearly becoming common although it’s really rare to see it here. So Sarian’s sunny colors invaded Issy-les-Moulineaux that also welcome with numerous trumpets the year of Armenia. I even found a book in Armenian illustrated by Sarian’s drawing, Tevavor Mdker – (“winged thoughts”) from Issahakian, sold in the museum, and which sales go directly to Sarian’s museum. Chapeau ! And it’s really not finished… Even the annual Salon de l'agriculture is welcoming Armenia next week !
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