WALTHAM, Mass. — More than 1,000 fans came together on Saturday, November 19, at Waltham High School’s Robinson Theatre to watch the 25th anniversary performance by the Sayat Nova Dance Company (SNDC), titled “Journey Through Time.”
The program was a journey into Armenian history, as well as a journey to the group’s start.
The dances in the first half of the program each had names referring to Armenian regions
or chapters in history. The first eponymous dance showed the pre-Christian era and the various
nature-based religions practiced by the people then. On and on the dances moved up in time to the present time, with “Khor Virab” paying tribute to St. Gregory the Illuminator’s refusal to worship the pagan goddess Anahid. SNDC founder Apo Ashjian portrayed St. Gregory, showing his persistence in the face of torment.