denizen choreography & performance by Alissa Cardone & Ingrid Schatz performance by (dancers) Halee Beucler, Alison Manning, Kaitlin Morse, DeAnna Pellecchia, Christina Robson and (soprano vocalist) Noune Karapetian film by Alla Kovgan set design by Dedalus Wainwright lighting design by Kathy Couch costume design by Laura Coulter
"A breathtaking synthesis of live and filmed dance." - The Boston Globe
“The layering of emotionally potent choreography, exotic imagery, sounds, and staging add up to a daring and dramatically theatrical experience.” – The Boston Globe
“Denizen is lush and sensual, mysterious and vivid, formally sophisticated and painterly…” - Ted Bale of the Boston Herald
“…Idiosyncratic half-folk, half-alien…transforming the potentially alienating language of postmodern dance into a hauntingly familiar experience…” – The Weekly Dig
Described as "Geo-psychic" by the Boston Herald's critic Ted Bale, DENIZEN is an expanded cinema performance inspired by the masterworks of the great Armenian filmmakers Sergey Parajanov and Artavazd Peleshian. DENIZEN is our artistic response to their films ñ our way to engage in an imaginary conversation with these filmmakers about the stories they tell, the places they portray, the rituals their characters embody as well as the creative principles they used to make their films.
The performance is structured as a cycle of poetic haikus with each scene evoking familiar life experiences such as celebration, marriage, traveling, war, birth & death. The performers embody both terrestrial and ethereal beings in transmitting the mundane, the mythical and the ritual aspects of a land and its people.
In DENIZEN, the myth of Anahit (one of the most favorite goddesses of Armenia, the Mother of Wisdom, the Goddess of Fertility and the Warrior Goddess) is conjured to symbolize the ancient concept of the trinity and the possibility to conceive of all beings as fundamentally linked, distinct yet equal. Anahit is performed by soprano vocalist Nouné Karapetian, whose songs about women, work, shepherds, sorrow and celebration are woven into a lush fabric of dance, image, light, sound and environment.