How to spot a Georgian
19 January, 2012

Crowd is defined in Webster’s dictionary as - large number of people gathered together, typically in a disorganized or unruly way. Synonyms are horde, pack, mass, swarm and mob.



While a couple of Georgians on their own are rather hard to point out, as younger Georgians look like exotic Europeans or home-grown Americans, spotting a Georgian crowd on the other hand is easier. This is exactly what one encounters while traveling to and from and in Georgia. At the airports,

for example, it is much quicker to go by the line formation, as that can be seen from far away, rather than the gate number. Simply look where there is a swarming horde of people refusing to follow the simple rule of waiting in line and that will be the flight going to Georgia. Why people do that, is anyone’s guess. Do they believe if they get on the plane quicker then the rest of the passengers, they will arrive to their destination faster? Why do the same passengers rush to jump up and open the overhead bins before the plane has landed? Do they think they will jump off the plane? Someone tried to reason that the people in a rush have a short amount of time to get to the connecting flight, and that may be, but they still won’t be able to get off the plane before it lands. The same crowd phenomena can be seen in Georgia. But here it is slightly more annoying because it could be controlled, and yet it isn’t. If anything it is made worse. Take Tbilisi Sports Palace for example! Two years ago the Georgian national basketball team was playing Poland and the entire building had one door open to let in spectators. Why, when the management knew the game was sold out, did they choose to open one door? Why was it not possible to employ four more guards and open the rest of the doors? I was shoved, pulled, my ribs were bruised and I looked like I was in a bar fight by the time I got through the doors. I don’t even like basketball.

 


This New Year in Batumi, the lack of crowd control was ridiculous. To get to the main square, people had to go through two security checkpoints, and for those who have been telling the rest of Georgia that Batumi was empty and no one came to the New Years show, tell that to my black eye. Frankly, there were too many people, and again, this situation could have been controlled, and it should have been handled better, since it wasn’t the first time Batumi hosted a New Years party. All the police had to do was set up more then two openings at each check point to let people in, and not make everyone feel like cattle. I won’t even mention the second check point, let me just mention I was glad I didn’t bring a purse.


The crowding is a phenomenon that has permeated into every aspect of Georgian life. It affects not only sports fans, where such a thing can be expected, but arts as well. While walking up to the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater to see  ‘Keto and Kote’ I was not surprised to see a crowd again. Again only one door was open and like sardines we all had to squeeze through. The only difference between the Sports Center and the Theater was that this time instead of sports enthusiasts I was showed and pulled by little old ladies. By the time I got trough to my seat, I was sweating and quite ready for a stiff drink.
The stage production of the musical ‘Keto and Kote’ was new, I hadn’t read or heard anything about it as I had only just got into the country.  I only knew the main plot, which was described to me like Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending. Unlike most Georgians I hadn’t even seen the original film, so it was all completely new to me.


And let me just say, I was blown away! From the moment Nino Ananiashvili (Tekla) danced onto the stage to the hilarious drunken singing of Eka Kakhiani (Kabato) everyones eyes were glued to the stage. From set and costume designer Tamar Kvesitadze to lighting design by Ia Nadirashvili, the production that was orchestrated by Nikoloz Rachveli was superb.
The audience roared in excitement and thanked the talented people on and off stage with a standing ovation. I wholeheartedly clapped along, all the while thinking about how capable of greatness Georgians are when we work together as a team and are not concerned with who gets through that door first.

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