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Aruşyak Papazyan

Aruşyak Papazyan

First Armenian stage actress in the Ottoman Empire

Date of Birth: 1841

Place of Birth: Istanbul, Kumkapı

Date of Death: 1907

Place of Death: Istanbul

Burial Site:

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Field of Activity

Theatre

Aruşyak Papazyan acted for the first time in 1858, at the Naum Theatre, Istanbul, under the direction of Sirabiyon Hekimyan. With her sister Ağavni Papazyan she went on tour to Izmir with the theatre group Ekşiyan Kumpanyası.

After returning to Istanbul, she played at the Orient Theatre. This theatre was opened at the Café Oriental (in the Tokatliyan Building), which had been rented for 5 years by Arakel Efendi. But despite a repertoire of comedies, melodramas and tragedies in Turkish translation, and despite it being a the best best equipped stage and auditorium, it developed such financial difficulties that it could not keep going for more than three years.

After the Orient Theatre was closed, Aruşyak Papazyan worked at the Naum Theatre again from 1863-64, this time directed by Acemyan. She acted in Turkish translated versions of plays like Medea and Francesca da Rimini, with other actors and actresses such as Mariam Dzağikyan and Dikran Sancakçıyan. Her most successful roles were Tizbe in Angelo Malpieri and Antigone.

Aruşyak Papazyan said farewell to the stage in the year 1868 after the audience had chosen Yeranuhi Karakasyan as "best-liked acress".

Aruşyak Papazyan as teacher

In 1857 Aruşyak Papazyan began as a teacher at the Surp Lusavoriçyan school. Kumkapı, Istanbul

Awards

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Education

Kumkapı Surp Lusavoriçyan school, Istanbul

Contributions to Society

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Family and Friends

  • Mother:(No information available)
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  • Kızkardeşi :Ağavni Papazyan Valideyan (stage actress)
  • Evlilik :Sepon Bezirciyan (jeweller)
  • Dostları :Mariam Dzağikyan (stage actress), Dikran Sancakçıyan (stage actor)

Commemorative Projects

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Further Reading

  • Bogos Çalgıcıoğlu, 1820-1946 Osmanlı-Türk Temaşa Sanatında Ermeniler, Getronagan Lisesi'nden Yetişenler Derneği Yayını, İstanbul (tarihsiz).
  • Osmanlı Ermeni Tiyatrosu hakkında Bogos Çalgıcıoğlu konferansı: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOeEmug9wXY (Erişim 9.12.2011).
  • Bogos Çalgıcıoğlu, "19.y.y Osmanlı Temaşa Sanatının Başlangıcından 1946'ya Ermeniler" http://www.hyetert.com/dosya/1820-1946Osmanli%20turk%20temasa%20sanatinda%20ermeniler.doc (Erişim 9.12.2011).
  • (Sarkis Tütünciyan) Şarasan, Türkiye Ermeni Sahnesi ve Çalışanları, (çev. Bogos Çalgıcıoğlu), İstanbul 2008 (İlk baskı: 1914, orjinal başlık: Tırkahay Pemn yev ir Kordziçneri 1850-1908).

Sources

Quoted Sources
  • Bogos Çalgıcıoğlu, "1820-1946 Osmanlı-Türk Temaşa Sanatında Ermeniler, Getronagan Lisesi'nden Yetişenler Derneği Yayını, İstanbul (No date available).
  • Osmanlı Ermeni Tiyatrosu hakkında Bogos Çalgıcıoğlu konferansı: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOeEmug9wXY (Erişim 9.12.2011).
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Translation into English: Yeşim Akçay, Nuremberg, Germany
Editing: Lyndall von Dewitz, Oberasbach, Bavaria, Germany

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