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The Four Stages of Arthur Makaryan

Creative Armenia-AGBU Fellow Arthur Makaryan steps into the spotlight

December 4, 2019  |  by Creative Armenia

In his fellowship year, theatre and opera director Arthur Makaryan took the international stage by storm, working with leading theatre companies and premiering his signature performances.


Black Garden Performance at The Tank

Arthur Makaryan’s theatrical performance Black Garden had its US premiere in February 2019, but the project had begun much earlier. While in Nagorno Karabakh, or Artsakh, Makaryan got a call from Gordon Penn, a talented playwright, and told him the story of these unrecognized lands. Sometime later, Penn got back to Arthur with a few scenes from an emerging play. In time, the two creative minds brought to life Black Garden, which was produced in Théâtre de l'Opprimé in Paris in September 2018. Six months later, it premiered to inspired reviews at The Tank in NYC. And sometime after that, Black Garden was selected as one of the winners of the Roundabout Theatre Company reading series.


Magic Flute Opera at Berlin Opera Academy 

In June and July, Makaryan was the apprentice director for Magic Flute opera at the Berlin Opera Academy. He had long intended to expand his artistic network in Germany; this was the perfect opportunity. “We were working with 3 different casts,” recalls Markaryan. “So the experience allowed me to get to know artists from all over the world. I really hope to work with some of them in the future.” 

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Hamlet Machine in Paris 

While Makaryan worked Berlin, he flew to Paris for the MigrActions Festival where his Hamlet Machine was on its latest stop on a global tour that began in Armenia in 2017.  

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Oedipus in the District at the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet

In July 2019 the pilot of the contemporary opera production Oedipus in the District that Makaryan had been developing with leading artists and Juilliard alumni, was performed at the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet together with its Young Artists Program. Previously, it was performed at Juilliard 305 and National Sawdust.


The Great Terror

Well, we won’t tell you about this one quite yet. Stay tuned for more news from the accelerating career of Arthur Markaryan, coming to a stage near you.

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