State Dance Ensemble of Armenia Set for 50th-Anniversary Performances Worldwide

YEREVAN–The famed State Dance Ensemble of Armenia is turning 50 this year. To celebrate the milestone, both in Armenia and internationally, the troupe is planning a series of special performances throughout the globe, announced Eric Chanchurian, artistic director of the ensemble. The 50th-anniversary events will kick off with a gala in Yerevan, slated to take place in early April.

“For five decades, the State Dance Ensemble of Armenia has thrived here at home and internationally, not only as a world-class dance troupe, but a cultural institution for all Armenia’s,” Chanchurian said.

“In terms of repertoire, the company has always been at the forefront of bringing Armenian folk traditions into the modern dance lexicon ‘s through research, cutting-edge choreography, and fresh musical arrangemen’s,” Chanchurian continued. “In the Soviet era, when links between Armenia and the diaspora were not as abundant as today, the ensemble functioned as an important cultural bridge, by touring in Armenian communities throughout the globe. Simultaneously, the company garnered acclaim from the international press and audiences, as it performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues. Today, as we work in an independent Armenia, and while the bonds between homeland and diaspora are stronger than ever, the State Dance Ensemble continues to grow, building on a legacy of artistic excellence.”

Following the April event in Yerevan, the State Dance Ensemble of Armenia plans to tour in Armenian communities across the globe. Possible stops include New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, and several cities in Europe, the Middle East, and Australia.

Currently the troupe is seeking corporate and private sponsors to help offset the costs of the planned performances in 2009. “I think these events give sponsors the chance to take part in a wonderful cultural endeavor,” Chanchurian noted. “Our 50th-anniversary appearances are sure to enchant diaspora and international audiences, and also help affirm the Armenian people’s friendship with a multitude of nations, through the universal language of dance and music.”

Speaking of possible event sponsors, Chanchurian said the State Dance Ensemble is aiming to collaborate with a variety of supporters including governmen’s, embassies, international arts agencies, and corporations, as well as diaspora foundations and individual benefactors.

For more information about the State Dance Ensemble’s 50th-anniversary events and sponsorship opportunities, contact Harutyun Azaryan at 37410 58-14-26 or statedanceensemble@rambler.ru.

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