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Synopsis: The film is about the struggle of polarities inside a human being and about the reaction she or he may have when faced with all the contrasts of the outer world.

Synopsis: A crowd sleeps in her …
You can hear the voices of people shouting “Yel” – “Stand-up”.
She steps down without stopping. She seems to be dragging some burdensome thoughts with her and that burden makes her path even harder. She feels the inevitable approach of the upcoming. She is confident with herself but this is only an outer appearance of her. She is hesitant, she is afraid of being erroneous.
A woman who regularly appears in her thoughts is her inner self. Her oppressed freedom is constrained by a polyphony of stones, walls, and pillars. She tries to escape herself, she is alone and defenseless, she wants to be loved. Vain struggle! She continues descending, eventually reaching the final stair and…
Komitas’ adaptation of the Armenian folk labor song “Yel, yel” shows the Armenian peasant’s attitude towards his ox. The ox was really crucial for the Armenian peasant for it was the breadwinner of his family. In fact, it’s well-being was equal to the well-being of his child. And if someone’s ox was sick or died, it was a great tragedy. This song depicts that very moment. The peasant says, “Stand up, stand up, the day passed, it got dark.
You may not know the words of the song or understand their meaning but it still makes you cry, feel empathy for everything that surrounds you and experience some unknown feelings. The harmony of its acapella tells you of eternal issues, of the inner sentiments of each human being, the power of never giving-up.
In the dance movie, you can see parallels between static Armenian architecture, movement and voice.
The film was shot at Erebuni fortress on the Arin Berd hill between the districts of Nor-Aresh and Vardashen in the south-eastern suburbs of Yerevan. It was constructed in 782 BC by one of the greatest kings of Urartu, Argishti I. Some experts say that Erebuni means “victory” or “capture”, while others believe that it means a city of “free people”.

Genre

Musical

Language

N/A

Run Time

4 minutes

Directed by

Rima Pipoyan

Executive Producer

Lilit Ghabrelyan

Edited by

Emil Khachatryan

Cinematographer

Artur Gharayan

Director's Statement

THE WHOLE LIFE, THE WHOLE WORLD AND THE UNIVERSE ARE IN THE MOTION, WHICH IS SIMPLE AND UNIQUE, AND I WILL DO MY BEST TO REVEAL ALL THESE PROCESSES IN MY CREATIONS!

Director's Bio

Rima Pipoyan is an Armenian choreographer, director, dancer and dance teacher. She is considered to be one of the pioneers of modern ballet and contemporary dance in Armenia. In 2017 she has found “Choreography development” educational and cultural foundation aiming to support the development of contemporary dance and modern ballet in Armenia. Pipoyan is one of the first Armenian based contemporary dance choreographers who managed to represent Armenia abroad with her choreographic works. She has presented her choreographic works in Italy, Spain, Serbia, Croatia, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Poland, Moldova, Georgia, Belgium, Portugal, etc.

Production Year

2020

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