Dance performance explores Armenian past

A Boston-based dance company that tells the story of Armenia’s past will stop in Glendale on Jan. 15 as part of its national tour.

The Sayat Nova dance company will perform, “Journey Through Time,' which is a new production for the company, which is entering its 25th year.

With over 20 dancers, the performance begins by paying homage to St. Krikor Lousavorich and Armenia’s conversion to Christianity. Followed by a meditation on the Battle of Avarayr, the dance also tells the story of the 1915 Armenian genocide and how it particularly affected Armenian composer Gomidas Vartabed.

Vartabed died several years after the genocide in a psychiatric clinic; it is said he never recovered from what he witnessed during the genocide.

The conclusion of the performance is celebratory of the joy and conflict of the Armenian people.

The Sayat Nova dance company performs at 5 p.m. at Glendale High School, 1440 E. Broadway. Call (818) 919-0806. Visit

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