The Island of Sighs (work-in-progress) is a multimedia theater piece incorporating live visuals, movement, and music to tell the story of Tamar, one of the most famous characters in Armenian lore. A refugee of love and loss looking for the way off her island, Tamar is a metaphor for all who seek refuge after disaster and displacement.
General Admission: Seated
ANAÏS ALEXANDRA TEKERIAN is one of the co-founders of Zulal, an Armenian a cappella trio, which has been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds and has toured the world, performing in such venues as Symphony Space, the Getty Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. With guitarist Anna Garano, she sings in the duo Ansahman, which has performed at the Neue Galerie and at the Morgenland Festival, Germany, among other venues. As an actor and writer, she performed her first original theater piece, Tangled Yarn—created with artist Kevork Mourad and featuring a soundtrack by Zulal—at the New York International Fringe Festival, CUNY, Alwan for the Arts, and at the Berkshire Fringe Festival. Her latest original piece, Lost Spring, created with artist Kevork Mourad, and with music by Anna Garano, premiered (in French) at the MuCEM in Marseille, at the Morgenland Festival in Germany in 2015, Musical Bridges Around the World in San Antonio, TX, and at National Sawdust, in New York City. A native of San Francisco, where she attended the Lycée Français Lapérouse, she earned her degree in Theater Studies from Yale University. She now resides in New York City.
KEVORK MOURAD (artist, director) is an acclaimed Armenian artist from Syria who has exhibited in the United States, Damascus, and Dubai. He is represented by the Galerie Claude Lemand. His technique of spontaneous painting brought him to specific, pre-planned projects that include live drawing and animation—collaborations in which art and performance develop in counterpoint to each other. 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 Brooklyn Museum, the Nara Museum in Japan, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Museum of Natural History, (and with whom he appears in the 2016 documentary The Music of Strangers). With performers such as Kinan Azmeh, Tambuco, Brooklyn Rider, and The Knights, he has performed in Syria, Mexico, Lebanon, Holland, France, England, Canada, and around the United States, and in such prestigious institutions as the Lincoln Center Atrium, The Art Institute of Chicago, the Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, the Rubin Museum of Art, Tanglewood, the Festival du Monde Arabe de Montréal, the Dutch Royal Palace for the Prince Claus Foundation, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He recently had two large works exhibited at the Rose Art Museum in Boston. This past February he created and performed the visuals for the LA Master Chorale’s production of Handel’s Israel in Egypt at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The 2016 recipient of the Robert Bosch Stiftung prize, he is currently at work on an animated short film about Syria.
ALICIA DHYANA HOUSE is an adventurous director, curator, and educator whose aim is to bring local and global communities together through a multidisciplinary exploration of arts, culture, and the humanities. Ms. House has a passion for collaborating with courageous artists and companies from around the world, and she enjoys the challenge of investigating the world we live in by interweaving multiple artistic disciplines and perspectives into provocative and meaningful work. As a director, she has been described as a “creative visionary” who “puts the human condition front and center” with her imaginative interpretations and radical reinventions of classical works, as well as her ability to nurture the growth and development of new artistic voices. Her directing work has been seen at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), London’s Jermyn Street Theatre, The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Prague Quadrennial, Patravadi Theater, and Atlantic Theater Stage 2. Directing credits include: Goldberg's Variations and Between The Lines (BAM’s Next Wave Festival); Medea (Official selection Prague Quadrennial); The Seagull; All’s Well That Ends Well; Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room; Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing; Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses; Pierre Marivaux’s The Game of Love and Chance; Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls; and the rock musical, Spring Awakening. She has worked both on and off-Broadway as an Assistant Director alongside theatrical luminaries Anne Bogart, Andrei Belgrader, Brian Kulick, and Thea Sharrock. As the Humanities Manager at BAM, she developed innovative educational, community, and humanities programming that reached a wide range of diverse audiences. During her tenure she was responsible for launching BAM’s pioneering poetry program, exposing New York City students to professional spoken-word performers and providing them with an outlet to explore their own voices through the art form. Ms. House has been invited to direct and teach around the world. She has served as professor and guest director at schools, including NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Fordham University, American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She received her MFA in directing from Columbia University where she was awarded the Richard Rodgers and Kennedy Center Directing Fellowships.
FADI J KHOURY (Dancer, choreographer) was born in Baghdad and raised in Beirut where he began his training in ballet, jazz, and folkloric dance. Worked at Al-Rahbani and Caracalla. Earned a BFA in painting and sculpture from the Lebanese University of Fine Arts. In NYC, continued his professional training in modern dance and classical ballet at the Ailey School, and worked with choreographers like Elisa Monte and Nejla Yatkin. Fadi established a career in Ballroom as a lead instructor, dancer, and choreographer at the Arthur Murray Dance Center in NYC. In 2014 he founded FJK Dance, for which as artistic director and choreographer he has produced annual seasons at New York Live Arts and community outreach programs in collaboration with the Lebanese consulate and presented by the Middle Eastern Studies Center at CUNY and the Kaye Playhouse of Hunter College. Fadi's choreography has been performed at Jacob's Pillow and Battery Dance Festival as well as internationally, in China, Lebanon, and Turkey.
The Island of Sighs is produced as part of the BRIClab Residency. BRIClab is a commissioning and residency program that offers local artists time and space to explore and expand the possibilities of their work in music, dance, theater and multidisciplinary performance. Work-in-progress showings, presented with moderated artist-audience dialogues, open artists’ process and creativity to BRIC’s diverse public.
The intimate, flexible studio space within BRIC House is dedicated to emerging and mid-career artists, with an audience capacity of 50-75 for rehearsals and performances in a workshop setting.
For ticketed events, the Box Office opens one hour prior to show time. Advanced tickets can be purchased online.
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