Georgian State Pantomime Theatre spotlighted by World Mime Organization
15 June, 2017
Georgian State Pantomime Theatre spotlighted by World Mime Organization
Georgian State Pantomime Theatre's performance dedicated to the Independence Day of Georgia on May 26th has been featured by the World Mime Organization. The showcase was inspired by 12th century epic poem The Knight in the Panther's Skin by Georgian author Shota Rustaveli as well as artworks by profound Georgian artist Rusudan Petviashvili, who created illustrations for the poem.

The organization itself was founded in 2004 with the mission to further develop and promote the art of mime and non-verbal communication.

Here is what World Mime Organization writes about Georgian Georgian mime and Georgian State Pantomime Theatre founded by Amiran Shalikashvili.

"The Georgian State Pantomime Theatre (www.pantomime.ge), has performed the “Shalikashvili-Petviashvili Showcase” a project commissioned by the City of Tbilisi, on May 26th 2017 during the Georgian Independence Day celebration on Rustaveli avenue Tbilisi’s main street.

It was a free performance with huge audience, raising great interest among the people of Tbilisi as it caries the names of two great Georgian artist, Amiran Shalikashvili the founder of Georgian mime and Georgian State Pantomime Theatre and Rusudan Petviashvili world renowned Georgian painter and graphic artist.

Rusudan Petviashvili is one of the most distinguished figures in Georgian contemporary painting, she is listed in “2000 Famous Persons of XX Century”, the book published by the Cambridge Biographical Centre” and she exhibited her art all around the world.
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The art of mime is a legacy of the Shalikashvili family, the father Amiran Shalikashvili and mother Kira Mebuke and all four of their children are in the art and business of mime. They have founded the Georgian State Pantomime Theatre more than 50 years ago and the Department for Mime at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University in Tbilisi. Amiran Shalikashvili was presented with the “Special WMO Award for the outstanding contribution to the art of mime” in 2015.

Both artists were united by Shota Rustaveli who is considered to be the preeminent poet of the medieval Georgian Golden Age and one of the greatest contributors to Georgian literature. Rustaveli is the author of The Knight in the Panther's Skin, which is considered to be a Georgian national epic poem.

Rusudan Petviashvili has illustrated the “The Knight in the Panther's Skin” book in 1985 receiving many awards for her work and having an exhibition of the illustrations in France in 1991 after which it toured the world,
and this year Amiran Shalikashvili staged a mime spectacle of the “Knight in the Panther’s Skin” after 30 years of preparation and contemplation over this immortal saga of love and friendship.
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The “Shalikashvili-Petviashvili Showcase” project revived the unique paintings and illustrations of “The Knight in the Panther's Skin” by Rusudan Petviashvili embodied in mime artists painted bodies through their movement choreographed by Salome Pilishvili, body-art done Anuka Murvanidze and dressed in costumes designed by Lasha Devdariani.

This was not a just a street performance but a festival for all the senses bringing together the work of Georgian artist from medieval times through twentieth century and today.

The Georgian State Pantomime Theatre hopes to tour the international festivals with this mime performance", - Worldmime.org reports.


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