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Apr 25

MUSCLE MEMORY AND THE MOVING IMAGE
Monday, April 25th -- 7:00PM - 10:00PM; Tickets $30

Join us on Monday, April 25th, as AGBU Performing Arts presents MUSCLE MEMORY AND THE MOVING IMAGE: AN EVENING CELEBRATING THE WORKS OF EMERGING ARMENIAN FILMMAKERS.

This evening celebrates the works of inspiring and active Armenian filmmakers and artists. Set a day after the date of the Armenian Genocide Commemoration, April 24th, this screening is intended to remember and celebrate, rather than to grieve. April 24, 1915, historically marks the start of the systematic efforts by the Ottoman Turkish regime to annihilate all Armenians off the face of this planet. While the events set in motion on this date are undoubtedly tragic, that Armenians survived and prospered in spite of these attempts is a testament to the willpower and strength of the Armenian people and a cause to rejoice.  

The short films shown here by Atom Egoyan, Sonia Balassanian, Melissa Boyajian, Jacob Halajian, and Emily Mkrtichian provide insight into an individual’s memory through movement and the actions associated with reliving these emotions, including loss, fear, and nostalgia. Like a court reporter documenting every word and gesture, your muscles contain a transcript of everything you encounter. The experiences captured by our muscles in our daily movement may become dormant, but can resurface at any time within our lives through kinetics and physical movement, a process known as abreaction.  Acknowledging this phenomena now, in conjunction with the commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, is appropriate, as this is a time to appreciate stories our relatives shared with us or experiences we have had firsthand, that may otherwise remain buried in the routine cycles of daily motions.

All funds raised for this event will go directly towards the AGBU Humanitarian Emergency Relief Fund for Syrian Armenians.

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