“I come from refugee parents forced to immigrate to the US as a consequence of the Lebanese Civil War. And my parents come from refugee parents. …One’s relationship to ‘home’ has played a large role in my music.”
—Mary Kouyoumdjian (composer)
Paper Pianos is a full-length theatrical work co-directed by Armenian-American composer Mary Kouyoumdjian and South African-American director Nigel Maister. The work combines the testimonies of four refugees and resettlement workers with intricate hand-drawn animations of Syrian visual artist Kevork Mourad to vividly depict the dramatic emotional landscape of displacement and resettlement experienced by refugees throughout the world.
Performed live by Alarm Will Sound, Paper Pianos invites EMPAC audiences to contemplate the dislocation, longing, and optimism of refugees.