presented by Teatr ZAR
in association with Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble
and Golden Thread Productions
part of San Francisco International Arts Festival
Sunday, May 24-Saturday, May 30,
see website for detailed schedule
Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco
Armine, Sister refers to the history of the Armenian people in Anatolia and their near-extermination at the beginning of the 20th century in what became known as the Armenian Genocide. The project focuses on the history of the world’s silence on the subject of the Genocide and is a reflection on the act and inheritance of witnessing. Armine, Sister explores Anatolian monodic traditions. The project marks the further evolution of Teatr ZAR’s vocal competence built for over ten years and resulting from their experience performing polyphonic songs. Armine, Sister also marks another new dimension in the evolution of Teatr ZAR. The project is the first manifestation of the group refers to as WITNESS/ACTION. The project is followed by social media campaign WITNESSME.
Teatr ZAR is the resident company at the Grotowski Institute. The company emulates Jerzy Grotowski’s ethos of ensemble work and develops its productions through a process of creating its own theatrical language. A language that, like Grotowski’s in the last years of his life, utilizes Eastern Orthodox music as a source for the creation of a performance that seeks to recreate the very roots of theatre.
The company is a multinational group that was formed during annual research expeditions to Georgia between 1999 and 2003. During these expeditions, they collected much musical material, including a core of centuries-old polyphonic songs that have their roots in the beginning of the human era and are probably the oldest forms of polyphony in the world. Zar is a name of funeral songs performed by the Svaneti tribe who inhabit the high regions of the Caucasus in north-west Georgia. Teatr ZAR attempts to demonstrate that theatre does not only relate to thea (Greek for seeing) but it is something that above all should be heard.