Georgian Pantomime Legend
17 April, 2014
Georgian Pantomime Legend
The star sign opening ceremony for the legendary actor Amiran Shalikashvili took place in the April 9 Park. The ceremony was connected to his 75th anniversary. In the park, the building of a pantomime theater will start. The star opening ceremony began at 14:00, and the anniversary evening was held at Marjanishvili Theater. Amiran Shalikashvili graduated from both directing and acting faculties.
Since 1967 he is the founder of the Georgian professional pantomime school. He was an actor in the
Theater of Musical Comedy and in the Marjanishvili Theater. He was the leader of a pantomime troupe in the Philharmonic. Since 1975 he is the leader and art director of the National Theatre of Pantomime in Tbilisi. He is the founder of a faculty of pantomime at the Tbilisi State Institute of Theatre. From 1999 he was the leader of the pantomime acting and directing studio at the Batumi State Institute of Art. He is also the author of a number of books: Pantomime is Poetry of Silence; After Silence; Contemplates about Pirosmani; and others. Mr. Amiran is the owner of numerous awards and prizes. His theatre was always in the center of attention despite stiff opposition Mr. Amiran staged a performance of St. George; Christ. His repertoire also includes Krimanchuli; Host and Guest; Elektra; Shakespeare’s Sonnets; and many others.
Amiran Shalikashvili is a unique Georgian phenomenon known worldwide, who can’t be compared to anyone or anything. He is a great teacher, actor, director, the legend of Georgian Mimi. It brings big happiness to my generation to attend the opening ceremony of his star. Mr. Amiran is devoted to his work. His art has long exceeded the boundaries. He was applauded in every major country in the world. It’s impossible to see Amiran Shalikashvili on the stage at least once and to not get a stunning impression, and to not fall in love immediately with his art. Many generations have passed through the hands of Mr. Amiran. One of his successful students, actor Paata Tsikurishvili founded the Synetic Theatre in America which has been successfully operating. Amiran Shalikashvili’s role is invaluable and belongs to our country’s history. Mr. Amiran is the pantomime theater’s history. I want to congratulate him with this great day, wish him all the best and more great successes.

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