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The Armenian Reporter | February 28, 2009 11


The junior members of Bayside’s Aradzani dance group surround the “hars” and

“pesa” (Margaret Sakar and Armen Demirjian) during a performance, May 4, 2008.

Armenian, Greek dance groups

to partner in memory of the

indigenous Christians of Asia Minor

BAYSIDE, N.Y. – The Aradzani

Dance Group of the Armenian

Church of the Holy Martyrs will

present on Saturday April 25, at

7:00 p.m., a program of pre-1915

dances of the indigenous Armenian,

Assyrian, and Greek Christians of

Asia Minor.

When the ancestors of today’s

Turks arrived in Asia Minor from

Central Asia starting in the 11th

century, the area was mostly made

up of Christians. Prior to 1915

there were approximately six million

Christians in Asia Minor. The

Christian population today in

Turkey is about 100,000. This program

is a tribute to their culture

and is in memory of the Armenians,

Assyrians, and Greeks who

lived there.

The Aradzani Dance Group will

present dances from the Vaspouragan

(Van), Garin (Erzurum), Dikranagerd

(Diarbakir), and Kharpert

(Mamouret El Aziz) regions

of pre-1915 Eastern Asia Minor

(Historic Armenia). Aradzani will

also present a pre-1915 Assyrian

dance called the Sheikhani from

the southern part of Van province.

The dance ensemble will dance to

the live music of the Tarpinian

Ensemble with vocalist Lisa Tarpinian.

The Aradzani Dance Group is an

ethnographic dance group with a

repertoire of more than 120 unchoreographed

Armenian pre-1915

dances of Historic Armenia. Many

of the dances Aradzani performs

are almost extinct.

The Greek American Folklore

Society will present Greek dances

from the pre-1915 Anatolian regions

of Cappadocia, Pontus, and

Smyrna (Izmir). The Greek American

Folklore Society is dedicated

to the study, preservation and instruction

of the history and traditions

of Hellenic folk culture.

The Hye Bar Dance Group of

The Armenian Church of the Holy

Martyrs will present dances from

pre-1915 regions of Musa Ler and

a medley of a dance called “Lorke

Lorke,” danced throughout Eastern

Anatolia. Hye Bar is a youth

dance group under the direction of

Mary Demirjian. One of its performances

was at Lincoln Center in

Manhattan. The dances of Hye Bar

are choreographed by Gagik Karapetyan,

an international authority

on Armenian dance.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for

students with ID; it is free for children

under 10. Refreshments will

be served. The program will take

place in Kalustyan Hall, Armenian

Church of the Holy Martyrs, 209-15

Horace Harding Expressway.

In addition to the April 25 program,

Aradzani will hold a dance

class with Tom Bozigian of California,

an authority on ethnographic

Armenian dance, on Sunday,

May 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. and

Monday, May 4, from 6:30 to 9:30


Conference to focus on Armenia and

Armenians in international treaties

Proceedings to be

webcast live

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – International

treaties represent critical moments

in the history of Armenia and

the Armenian people. They have had

serious implications for Armenians’

status and future as well as that of

neighboring peoples and countries.

International treaties also constitute

the linchpin of diplomatic history.

To determine patterns and

processes that illuminate the

challenges that Armenia and Armenians

have faced in their long

history, the Armenian Studies

Program at The University of

Michigan and program director

Gerard Libaridian have announced

an upcoming international

conference on “Armenia

and Armenians in International

Treaties.” The 24 conference participants

represent 10 countries,

including Armenia, Iran, Turkey,

Kazakhstan, France, Austria,

Chile, and Argentina.

Conference sessions, all open

to the public, will be held in the

Michigan Union at The University

of Michigan from March 19 to 21,

and will also be webcast live at


In addition, viewers will be

able to participate by emailing

their questions for panelists to An

Armenian Studies Program staff

member will ensure that questions

submitted online are addressed to

panelists if they are received before

the end of the Q&A period. A

draft program for the conference

is currently available online: www.

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