ANTRANIG DANCE ENSEMBLE
Antranig Dance Ensemble is the foremost Armenian dance
group in the United States, established in 1969 under
the auspices of the Armenian General Benevolent Union,
an international philanthropic organization.
comprised of over 30 young men and women, the Antranig
Ensemble performs full-length dance productions throughout
the United States and Canada, and has played on some
of the premier stages of the world, including Carnegie
Hall and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New
York, Claude Champagne Hall in Montreal and the State
Opera Theater in Armenia.
group was honored for its accomplishments with an invitation
to be the first Armenian-American cultural group to
ever perform in Armenia, travelling to a half-dozen
cities during a two-week tour. The following year Antranig
sponsored joint productions in the United States with
one of the top dance ensembles from Armenia. In a separate
tour the ensemble travelled throughout Europe, performing
in six cities in ten days.
group trains year-round and creates a full new stage
production approximately every two years. It is under
the Artistic Directorship of Joyce Tamesian-Shenloogian,
a 20-year dancer/ soloist with the Ensemble and its
director since 1986. In addition, Gagik Karapetian,
a 22-year dancer/soloist and later choreographer of
the State Dance Ensemble of Armenia, trains the ensemble
for three months each year.
dance repertoires have run the spectrum from folk-ballet
and traditional Armenian ethnographic dance to modern
Armenian techniques and suites created for the ensemble
by Mr. Karapetian. The dances are often complemented
by specifically written and recorded symphonic orchestrations
and customized costumes designed and prepared by leading
artisans in Armenia.