This was a wonderful year. Make 2012 even more productive!
Masterclass in Armenia
Let's start from the most recent. During October and November, Pemart Artistic Director and Actress Nora Armani taught Master classes in Yerevan and Shushi by special invitation of Yerevan National Theatre and Cinema Academy Rector Armen Mazmanyan. Ms. Armani worked with a total of 62 students (45 in Yerevan and 18 in Shushi) and spent a total of 3 weeks in Armenia. "It was a great experience," said the actress, "both for the participants and for myself. Teaching offers you an opportunity to refresh your knowledge and always be prepared for new challenges. This style of theatre training in the traditions ofPeter BrookandTheatre du Soleil's Ariane Mnouchkine is a great way to help develop a new generation with a deeper social consciousness and sense of social responsibility." To read more
Our projects for 2012 include a Feature Film to be shot in the rural regions and border villages in Armenia and Karabagh. This will help bring attention to some of the problems these Regions (Marz) face, and will, in the short and long run, help improve local economic conditions through film production. Pemart needs your help to make all this possible. Consider aDonation(US Tax exemption) orInvestin this venture (contact usfor details).
Bergen ByspillArtistic DirectorSolvei Stoutland invited Nora Armani to teach a Masterclass in audition skills for actors preparing to audition for theDen Nationale Scene. The workshop took place over a weekend. Ms. Armani works with acting exercises created by Peter Brook, Ariane Mnouchkine andComplicity Theatredirector Simon MacBurney as well as movement guruMonica Pagneux, with all of whom she has trained, to help free the actor of tensions and obstacles that hamper the audition process."These exercises are foul proof ways to a relaxed and available actor, and help put the joy in acting back where it belongs,"said Armani during an interview. The auditions were in Norwegian, which Armani does not speak. "It is better when you do not speak the language, as the emotional flaws and 'lies' are immediately detected when the actor has now words to hide [behind]".Solvei and Nora will be conducting a workshop on Ibsen and Physical Theatre in New York in March 2012. To read moreclick here.
PEMART in Armenia & NKR
Masterclasses in Yerevan and Shushi
The Shushi Group in Jdrduz Theatre is better absorbed in the open mountain air
Best wishes for a Happy Holiday season, a Great New Year... And a Merry Armenian Christmas January 6th!
Yerevan Masterclass - Three grades - 45 students!
Theatre is a microcosm of society. We each add to and complement one another completing the picture for a better whole.
In the students' words:
"Besides these very interesting classes, I learned [from you] much about human values and generosity." M (Yerevan) "[You] helped us a lot with our work, specially me. I hope you come again." A (Yerevan) "I thank you so much for these wonderful moments we experienced together during one week. We learned so much. Please come back." A (Yerevan) "Thank you for all the richness you imparted with us in just a few days. We will always remember your teachings." L (Shushi)
Filming in LA
Artistic Director Nora Armani spent February and part of March filming "Snowed in LA" in sunny California. More on that soon...
"There is a very interesting element over there that definitely deserves and needs to be developed. It's the raw talent and the desire to learn and do something and open up to the world and that really really should not be neglected."
Actress Nora Armani discusses the state of theatre in Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, following her recent trip to the region.
PanARMENIAN.Net - Actors Gerald Papasian and Nora Armani played the leading roles in the burlesque Armenian hit, "Taparnigos Ladies' Dentist", adapted by Papasian from the Armenian Classic by Hagop Baronian in Montreal in May PanArmenian.net