Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Letter # 38: Dance therapy in Armenia; to dance is to live. The dance of the young at heart


These are the links to the trailer of a new movie, about to be released by “Bars Media” in Yerevan: https://vimeo.com/53414030 and this one too: http://vimeo.com/62644284

We met Vardan Hovhannisyan, the manager of Bars Media http://barsmedia.am/ in 2002, while we were volunteering in Yerevan. He gave us the keys to their small studio on Orbeli st. from the first time we met, so that I can teach folk-dances to our volunteers and other interested repats. Vardan himself joined us for the lessons and learned to dance with us.

Vardan is a former Karabagh war journalist and war prisoner whose studio has produced many other movies, notably, “A Story of People in War and Peace”, a film about the Karabagh war; “ The Last Tightrope Dancer in Armenia” and the hilariously interesting “Donkeymentary”.

Later in 2002, our son Toros came for a visit and was immediately recruited by Bars Media to help promote and market several new movies they had produced. He did so very successfully.

Toros and I recently visited Vardan and his family and he thought I would be interested in this dance movie. I was of course delighted when I watched the trailer.

The movie is a true story about a dance teacher who was visiting a soup-kitchen in Yerevan. She started talking to these depressed old folks and decided she would try and up-lift their spirit by teaching them folklore dances… She performed a miracle, as we can see.

These trailers just brings happiness to my heart every time I watch them and think of the power of dance, music, culture and human contact.

            Enjoy!

            Hugs to all from the top of our mountain... Come and join us!

Antoine S. Terjanian

Went there to dance

Friday, April 19, 2013

letter 37: Gagik the driver Sequel

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Like many others in Armenia, Gagik has left Armenia. He could not keep up with his debts. He went to Siberia, where he hopefully has a decent paying job so he can pay-back his debts and attend to his family's needs.
Our French friend, Dominique Has sent him another EUR 250, of which the banks ate EUR 30 before he got them. See the video of him cashing the sum at the bank, the day before he left.