Hakawati, a non-income storytelling job concentrating on elevating the voices of frontline and marginalized communities, has introduced five Los Angeles performances of Azad (Free in Armenian), a person woman’s magical, multi-generational, healing journey from the Armenian Genocide to the Syrian war. The creation weaves Karagöz puppetry, Hakawati storytelling, projections and the sounds and smells of Aleppo to generate a genuinely unique multimedia theatrical working experience. Performances are set for the Pico Playhouse on Thursday, April 21 at 6:30pm and 8:30pm, Friday, April 22, at 6:30pm and 8:30pm and Saturday, April 23, at 7:30pm. The Saturday exhibit will serve as a particular 107th Armenian Genocide Commemoration and will involve a submit-functionality Q&A with the artists moderated by actor Bill Pullman followed by a reception.
For performances on Thursday and Friday, tickets are $50 for general seating and $75 for VIP seating. All seats on Saturday are $107.
Azad is a kaleidoscopic tale inside a story in a tale, centered on a storyteller’s discovery of her great-terrific grandfather’s shadow puppets in Aleppo throughout the Syrian war. A century following he salvaged his family members and his artwork from the Armenian Genocide, she finds a trunk in the attic of the family property, filled with his handmade puppets and historical magic methods. This journey leads the storyteller to discover 1001 Nights and Scherazad (the daring, outstanding weaver of tales who counters destruction with development) and catalyzes an epiphany — the body story of 1001 Nights is about how trauma transpires and how it is healed.
An immersive, magical, theatrical encounter, Azad weaves with each other the classical art of oral Center Jap storytelling with centuries-old Anatolian Karagöz shadow puppets and the sounds and smells of Aleppo. The clearly show transports the viewers to a Center Eastern coffee shop with its seems and smells, wherever for centuries storytellers (Hakawatis) and Karagöz (a variety of pre-cinema participating in with shadow and gentle) shadow puppeteers done the tales from 1001 Nights. Transcendent, classical Center Jap tunes seamlessly blends with contemporary surround electronic soundscapes. The result is a multi-sensorial, time touring exploration of therapeutic — connecting us all to the legacy of a spouse and children of storytellers transmuting trauma into art.
Explained writer, performer, and co-director Sona Tatoyan, “Azad is a quantum collaboration concerning my good great grandfather and me — an knowledge that in the deepest shadows, we find the brightest mild. We’re living in an upside-down earth. It’s time for storytellers to show the way to a new narrative — one that heals trauma instead of perpetuating it.”
Tatoyan is a first generation Syrian-Armenian-American with bases in Aleppo, Syria Berlin, Germany Yerevan, Armenia and Los Angeles. As an actress, her stage credits involve environment premieres at Yale Repertory Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The American Conservatory Theatre, and other individuals. She starred in The Journey, the to start with American impartial movie shot in Armenia. As a author, her 1st attribute movie script, The Initial Comprehensive Moon, was a 2011 Sundance/ RAWI Screenwriters Lab participant and a 2012 Dubai Film Link/Competition Challenge. She served on the Entire world Cinema Jury of the Duhok IFF in Iraqi Kurdistan (2016) and as Rudolf Arnheim Guest Artist Professor at Humboldt College in Berlin, (2017).
“From the commence, we realized we experienced a thing exclusive,” reported co-director Jeremy Boxer, “We understood that we could push the limits of regular theatre to a mix of a engage in and an immersive practical experience. Utilizing specialised audio, mild and smell to transportation audiences, we have developed a magical knowledge of storytelling at its best.”
Boxeris a French-Tunisian-American award-profitable resourceful director and filmmaker centered in LA, New York and London, doing work for the earlier two many years at the major edge the place film, general performance, technology and artwork intersect. He has worked in film, knowledge design and style, immersive theater, digital truth and augmented fact for some of the world’s leading models which includes Sundance, British Film Institute, TED, World Home, Tribeca Enterprises, Palm Pictures, Warner Brothers and Playstation, to title a several.
Collaborators on the venture also incorporate Ahmed Sayeed (Karagöz puppeteer), KÁRYYN (songs and soundscape composer), Dimitris Mahlis (Oud performer), Antoine Makdis (Aleppo producer Aleppan appears and footage), Gabrieal Griego (producer) and Garo Kharadjian (affiliate producer).