Georgian student stages famous play in Munich on flight from the USSR
19 June, 2017
Georgian student stages famous play in Munich on flight from the USSR
Georgian student staged a play in Einstein Culture Theatre, Germany, on a tragic story of young Georgians who tried to seize flight to escape Soviet Georgia in 1983. The director of the play, named The Sky Above Tbilisi, is 23-years-old Tamo Gvenetadze, who studies at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany. The play was staged based on a famous book Jeans Generation (Also known as Flight from the USSR) by outstanding Georgian author Davit Turashvili, who personally attended the
premiere in Munich and highly praised the play. The performance was carried out successfully and was followed by a press conference where both the director and the author received positive feedback from the audience.
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Photo courtesy of Franz Kimmel

We contacted young director Tamo Gvenetadze and writer Dato Turashvili to unveil the details about the play.

As Tamo said, she has been living and studying in Germany for 6 years now. Currently she is studying at the department of Theatre and Cinema Studies at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Apart from studying, she also works at different jobs from time to time to earn a living.

“The play premiered on June 9. The feedback was wonderful and everyone liked the way I interpreted the story. The idea to shoot a film about this topic first popped up in my mind when I read Georgian writer Dato Turashvili’s book “Jinsebis Taoba” (Jeans Generation) at the age of 16. It was my dream to shoot a film but the movie had already been made, so then I decided to make a performance for which I had to write a script based on the book. I remember waking up at midnight and writing down certain passages so that not to forget them till morning. I started working on the script in October and then with the cast in the beginning of April. I am very thankful to Studiobühne team who assisted me in this project. In collaboration with them we perfected the play. I want to express my gratitude for their support and commitment to Heiner Stöckle Katrin Katzubkos da Jurij Diez who stood beside me till the last moment and held my shaky hands just before the premiere”, - Tamo Gvenetadze said.
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Tamo Gvenetadze

As the director reported, she contacted author of the book Dato Turashvili concerning the text, based on which Liberty Theatre in Tbilisi has been staging the play for over 15 years now.

„Dato told me that if I wanted to make a play then I should write the script by myself. I think that it is quite a courgeous step from the author’s side, because who knows what would be the result. But eventually everything went well and Dato was pleased too. He praised the play and as he said, he saw many things on this topic but he liked this one the most. Right now I am emotionally so overcharged, that  I can hardy talk about my future plans right now. Yet if we receive an offer we would bring our play to Georgia and present it to the audience with great pleasure. Besides I would love to work on a different topic and a new play as well. Right now my top priority and goal is to complete my studies. A good news is that my play will take place at the same theatre in January. This is a big honor since it will be carried out within the framework of Studiobühnesprokcet that happens quite rarely“, - The  young director told Georgian Journal.
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As author of the book Dato Turashvili told Georgian Journa, the play caused huge interest among the audience.
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Tamo Gvenetadze (director), Dato Turashvili (writer) and Oto Lezhava (actor)

„I want to express my gratitude to Tamo Gvenetadze, a young Georgian director, who staged this play based on my book at the Einstein Culture Theatre in Munich. The name of the play is „The Sky Above Tbilisi“ and I am extremly happy that the young director was not afraid of the obstacles and she brought her idea to life. When Tamo contacted me last year, I gave her permission to stage the play based on my book „Jeans Generation“. I did not intervene in the working process, since my intuition told me that she would cope with everything without my help.  I attended the premiere with a great pleasure and I think that Georgian theatre has gained one more talented and beautiful director through Tamo Gvenetadze. Tamo is very young and she has all the best ahead. I want to wish her bright future and I am sure she will definitely succeed“, - Author of the book remarked.
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As Dato Turashvili said, both Georgian and German actors performed in the play. According to him, the performance attracted massive interest. The premiere was followed by press-conferenec where Tamo and the writer received many questions from the audience. It is noteworthy that a new edition of Dato’s book in German language is finished and Westflugs will be sold again.

“I would like to thank Tamo for bringing up this theme again.I should be noted, that Georgia is in the center attention in Germany this year due to many reasons and next year the interest will increase even more. Subsequently, we will have more opportunities to introduce Georgian culture, literature and history to the international society.”

Author: Lika Chigladze



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