The California International Theatre Festival (CITF) is pleased to present the U.S. Premiere of Komitas’ 10 Commandments & Colors by MIHR Theatre from Armenia, co-presented with the Armenian Dramatic Arts Alliance of Los Angeles. The performances will run September 8 and 9 at 8pm, September 10 at 2pm and September 11 at 4pm, all at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC), 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014.
MIHR synthesizes ethno-modern dance & new-movement theatre with action-painting and history to break down barriers between genres of art, philosophy, and culture.
This performance is dedicated to the 140th birthday of Komitas Vardapet, the Armenian composer, priest, and musicologist who, by traveling extensively throughout his country recording folk songs and dances in various villages, made it his mission to preserve his culture through art. Komitas reinterpreted and published over 3000 songs still played and studied to this day throughout Armenia. Considered the founder of modern Armenian classical music and ranked among the heroes and martyrs of his culture, Komitas lost his mind after witnessing the tragic 1915 Armenian Genocide. Komitas is based on his work “Ten Commandments Addressed to the Singer,” each commandment is a phase of the life through which each artist should pass.
Following Komitas’ 10 Commandments comes MIHR Theatre’s inspired performance, Colors. Four colors, four characters, four different emotions. The colors are alive; they have a soul, a body and speak their own language. Colors is based on the basics of the wildly creative action painting genre in which artists combine movement with colors and present the colors’ specific concept and explores the contact between the body and space. Using paint, projections, and MIHR’s signature dance/theatre styles, each performance of Colors is unique and unrepeatable, and represents an original approach towards art synthesis.
MIHR Theatre’s work has been seen around the globe in Czech Republic, Latvia, Georgia, Russia (Moscow, Arkhangelsk, Tyumen), Egypt and Iran. CITF and ADAA are proud to present their 1st performances in the USA.
On Sunday, September 11 at 2pm, prior to the MIHR performance, ADAA is also proud to present a staged reading of Bianca Bagatourian’s play, The Perils of Politeness Live On, an adaptation of short stories by 19th century Armenian satirist, Hagop Baronian, featuring live music.