art of actor Khoren Abrahamyan is the conscience
of his soul.
"I can't cheat on the stage, I don't tolerate
fault and sham in art," he says.
The heroes he embodied describe the real side
of life - with controversy of human failure and
strength - like a mirror.
Khoren Abrahamyan's path to stage art was made
still in childhood; the imagination that soared
in dreams could become reality only in theatre.
"For a person with deep imagination the
theatre is the best way," says the great
actor. "Today you are king; tomorrow, servant.
One day you're kind; another day, evil."
Everything turned at a fairy-tale speed in his
life. He was only 17, when after entering the
Arts Theatre Institute he soon started to work
at Sundukyan Academic Theatre. At that time actors
like Vahram Papazyan, Hrachya Nersisyan, Avet
Avetisyan, Vagharsh Vagharshyan and others played
at that theatre.
"Alongside with such names playing a secondary
role was already a great experience," remembers
the actor with regard. "No one becomes an
actor only by learning, one should feel the smell
of stage, one should make mistakes on the stage,
as it is another world."
Bass, calm voice of Khoren Abrahamyan, his deep
look under bushy eyebrows and manly manners that
correspond to characters of many heroes combined
with his innate theatre talent and created his
individual character at an early age.
Having acted in several films Abrahamyan played
the leading role of Arsen Varunts in "First
Love Song". The next morning after screening
of the film he woke up as a famous person. The
film was being shown in the movie theatres of
the Soviet countries for months.
The "First Love Song" put on by Laert
Vagharshyan and Yuri Yerznkyan described a man
with his inner world, with all his good and bad
manifestations and lifts and falls. This story
of fates meeting at difficult crossroads of life
opened a new page in Abrahamyan's life.
"I couldn't easily walk in the streets,
and if I happened to enter Moscow's huge TsUM
or GUM (Central Department Store and State Department
Store) the work simply stopped," the actor
"I've always been asked how I could feel
that role so ably. And I used to answer that there
was nothing to play, it was enough to stand next
to Hrachya Nersisyan and look at his eyes, he
was so contagious, so warm that there was nothing
left to play."
The film was created at times when production
dominated, and suddenly against that background
a singer appeared with his personal, family problems,
quarrels, fight and love
"For eight years I played in theatre mass
scenes, and I think it's right, all actors must
pass that path. But after the 'First Love Song'
I stopped playing roles like those, as when I
entered on the stage in an episodic or mass scene,
the burst of applause stopped the course of the
It was time for 24-year old Khoren Abrahamyan
to enter on the scene with great roles.
Every performance with his participation turned
into a festival for the whole town. His unique
and fresh approaches as an actor and director
gave new breath to the staging, as well as the
Sundukyan Theatre. "Othello", "Sixty
Years and Three Hours", "Towards the
Future", "Unfinished Monologue",
"The Dawns Were Peaceful Here", "The
Criminal's Family", "Doctor Stockman",
"Koriola", "The Legend of a Ruined
Town", "How Difficult it is to Die"
are some of the plays where he performed, most
of which were staged by him.
Abrahamyan showed his great talent in theatre
and films not only as an actor, but also as an
"When you have something to tell, you cannot
be silent, you must create your imaginary phenomenon.
Often while playing a role you can't stop helping
your partner, give him a new direction, make him
appear in a performance in a different way,"
says Abrahamyan. "Profession of a producer
is chosen by an inspiration, it is not that one
day you decide and become a producer."
Actor, producer, father of 4 children, grandfather
and husband - it is difficult to mix all these
in one person, but it is already 73 years since
Khoren Abrahamyan has fully devoted himself to
both art and family. His younger son is 12 years
old. In his father's famous frowning and strict
look he sees an endless love, warmth and a great
ability to rejuvenate.
"I am not strict with my children, in my
opinion you should require from them what you
are perfectly able to do. The best upbringing
is setting an example," he says. "But
it is different with my Aram. I was a 60-year
old grandfather when he was born. I always tell
him one thing, 'Aram, I will pamper you, but you
don't get spoiled'."
Today the actor lives with a fervor and energy
of a young man in his heart. He doesn't stop creating.
"I am always in a creative state, the only
way to kill me is to deprive me of the opportunity
In 1996 Khoren Abrahamyan staged Coburn's tragicomedy
"Gin Game" and presented it for judgment
not only to Armenian, but also Parisian and Pasadena's
(USA) rigorous audience.
In opinion of a famous actor Karen Janibekyan
it was a grand performance, "It was grand
by its staging, artistic mastery and power of
maintaining love in someone. Once more Khoren
proved his greatness and full devotion."
"Gin Game" is a story of people living
in an old people's home. There are dialogues,
gambling and only two characters that raise the
all-human topic. Heroes of the play - Martin Waller
(Khoren Abrahamyan) and Fanshin Dorsy (Gohar Galstyan)
made insane efforts to get free from bonds of
loneliness. These abandoned old people found their
salvation in an old people's home, found each
other, found their love and proved that one can
love at any age.
At the end of the performance people did not know
whether to applaud the actors for the wonderful
performance, or analyze their inner world one
In 2001 Pertch Zeytuntyan's "Khor Virap"
staged by Abrahamyan was accepted with the same
longing and warmth.
For 50 years he has known fame and success from
the stage. He has been named a People's Artist.
But it is the applause from thousands of hands
and the sincere devotion to his mission that are
the true reward of half a century's work.