Aram Pachyan / Armenia
Granted from September until October 2019
Aram Pachyan was born in 1983 in Vanadzor, Armenia. He studied from 1994 to 2004 at the law department at Yerevan State University. In 2006 he began his literary career with the tale "Return." In 2010 his first book was published, "Robinzon and 13 Short Stories," by the publishing house Gerkan Etalon (Yerevan). In 2012 and 2014 there followed his novels "Goodbye, Bird" and "Robinzon," published by the publishing house Antares (Yerevan), and the stories and essays "Ocean." Pachyan has been teaching creative writing and literature since 2015 at the Tomo Center for Creative Technologies. In 2017 the first translation into English, the novella "Goodbye, Bird," was published by Glagoslav Publications in London. In 2019 "Goodbye, Bird" was published in France, Bulgaria, and Egypt. Pachyan has received several awards as a writer and journalist. In 2018 he was a guest artist at the International Writers Program of the University of Iowa in the United States.
Geographically, Armenia belongs to Asia, and historically and culturally it is strongly influenced by Europe, and yet for the most part Armenia is unknown here in Europe. The project "Goodbye, Bird" would like to bring the novel of the same name by the Armenian author Aram Pachyan to the stage by means of words, dance, music, and the visual arts, and combine this with an insight into the current developments in the Armenian art scene. Aram Paychan and the artist Yeva Muradyan (film and animation, photography, painting) will establish the basic structures in April for the stage production, and then return to Armenia in order to continue working on the project. In September and October they will be at Villa Waldberta again to finish the project there with partners in Munich and to stage the performance.