Play: Tangled Yarn, with Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian and Kevork Mourad

Fri, October 15, 2010 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts

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Written and performed by Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian, directed by Kevork Mourad, and featuring music by Zulal, Tangled Yarn explores the untold story of Ismene, the woman in the shadows of the celebrated heroine Antigone. In this multi-media performance, real-time painting of artist Mourad and the haunting vocals of Zulal propel the story toward its ultimate unraveling.

Tickets: $15, available at the door or online here (a surcharge applies; use printout as your ticket).
Doors open at 7:30 P.M.

The idea of pre-determined destiny is inherent to culture. Even beyond the expectations set out for an Armenian woman's life by the traditions of an ancient culture, an innate fatalism--only partly inspired by religion--peppers the language with inshallah's. One lives with the knowledge that the thread has been spun already and one hopes that fate will make allowances for one's desires. This idea of destiny led writer Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian to explore the story of a heroine seemingly devoid of one:

Spurned by the Fates, Ismene knows no future. Her mother dies, her sister Antigone kills herself, and Ismene must untangle the stories of her grandmothers, one Armenian, one Latvian, in order to discover her destiny.

For an interview with the artists, visit the Alwan blog

View Kevork Mourad's work here.
Click here to listen to Zulal.

Anaïs Alexandra Tekerian (actress, playwright) has performed at La Mama, HERE, and as part of the Invisible City Theater Company and Theatre in the Flesh. Along with singers Teni Apelian and Yeraz Markarian, she founded Zulal, an Armenian a cappella folk trio, which has been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds, and has toured the United States and Canada, performing in such venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Symphony Space, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, along with performances for Cirque du Soleil and The Silk Road Project.

Kevork Mourad (artist, director) is an acclaimed Armenian artist from Syria who has exhibited in the United States, Damascus, and Dubai. His technique of spontaneous painting is a collaboration in which art and performance develop in counterpoint to each other. Mourad’s visual creations are projected behind the artists after a timeline is created for the story to be told. This timeline sets the points at which spontaneous painting will be created in line with the story, and those at which pre-recorded animation will come into play—a frame-by-frame creation. As an artist-performer, he is an active member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, with which he has performed, among others, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Nara Museum in Japan, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Museum of Natural History.

“I've seen a lot of shows that have attempted to use a projector screen or TV display in telling a story and most have failed. Tangled Yarn, which is playing at the 4th Street Theater in this year's FringeNYC, manages to do an excellent job integrating video with a generational story of mothers and daughters. […] The music complements the show wonderfully and Tekerian delivers an excellent performance, switching effectively between her three roles, but the show is stolen by the fantastic artwork by Mourad. I couldn't help but be fascinated with the speed he has as he crafts complicated imagery.” - Case Aiken,

“Tekerian imagines a reality in which she is simultaneously Ismene (Antigone’s sister) and the modern-day granddaughter of [Armenian and Latvian] refugees; meanwhile, director Kevork Mourad draws vibrant illustrations that are projected behind her. Most stunningly of all, the piece is underscored by the haunting vocals of the Armenian a cappella trio Zulal. The strength of the piece is in the twining of these three creative threads.” - Joseph Samuel Wright, Time Out New York

Last updated: 2010-10-02 19:43:44

Photo by George Rand
Photo by George Rand
Photo by George Rand
Photo by George Rand

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