Note to Readers:
The performance season has begun in Armenia. Soon, too (November
1), theater and concert patrons will enjoy performances in newly-refurbished
halls and theaters. Beginning this week, ArmeniaNow arts reporter
Gayane Abrahamyan will compile capsule reviews, notices and
news about what's going on here in the world of art. We hope
you enjoy Arts Digest.
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Greedy Harvest?: Historic gardens in peril as urban development
By Vahan Ishkhanyan
A garden regarded as a historic cultural monument is in danger of being
destroyed by urban expansion in Yerevan.
For 3,000 years, Dalma gardens,
near the Genocide Memorial, have been cultivated for wine-making and other grape
Arevshat Sargsyan becomes very inspired and enthusiastic
when he sees visitors to his village. Despite he is lame in the right leg
he quickly jumps up from the big chair-shaped stone where he usually basks in
the sun and welcomes guests by saying: "I can be your guide, I can answer
all your questions."
I don't know the Armenian phrase for "bovine
excrement", however I might learn it from my colleague, translator Levon
Baghdasaryan. It was that very phrase that he used in fact (well, something near
that) when he entered my office to object to one of the stories on this week's
For the past two weeks, a visit to the Union of
Armenian Painters has been a visit to Armenia itself. There the work of 80-year
old artist Tigran Tokmajyan paints the country's history in the bright colors
of nature. There, too, on 81 canvases is the history of a national artist.
Dead Women Walking: A night of contemporary art
By Vahan Ishkhanyan ArmeniaNow
In an audience hall there are girls first walking
on all fours then resting their hands crosswise upon bars placed on their necks,
then playing ball. Onstage again there are girls gathered in a musical band, dressed
in wedding dresses and playing guitars and other instruments.
September 11, Yerevan. Commemorating
the American tragedy, events at Moscow cinema hosted
by the US embassy became a solemn tribute due to Armenian
citizens -- officials, clergymen, simple people, children,
who came to join their voices to the world's choir condemning