Tbilisi International Theater Festival Is Over
10 October, 2013
Tbilisi International Theater Festival Is Over
From 20 September to 8 October, Tbilisi hosted best works of contemporary world theater - actors, stage directors, stage designers. The most courageous authors of theater invited the spectators to challenging discussions and conversations that only art and theater can initiate.
“Festival is a journey that helps our subtle feelings get deeper and support our hopes,” reads the booklet of the event. The Festival was truly representative as ever. The theatrical troupes from Great Britain, Canada, Poland, Russia, Armenia, Italy,
Romania, Finland, Israel and Denmark participated in it.
I would like to pinpoint Italian program in the foreign content. The company of the Emilia Romagna Theatre with the performance After the Battle turned out to be as noisy as Italians generally are. The phrase - “are all Italians crazy?” - gave it an allure. It was about the crazy people who suffer from schizophrenia. The staging has a political touch. It is seen with eyes of an oppressed person. Here the corruption reigns and the government does not care about its citizens, human rights, justice, etc. Director Pippo Delbono was starring in the play. I would call it an author play, like the films by great Italian film directors Fellini, Pazollini, Visconti, etc. The music was by Alexander Balanescu – a nice, extremely tasteful compilation! It was a director’s performance: a tendency when modern movie focuses on directors than actors. “For me theater is the act of love and not the means of shocking someone. However, I believe that theater is constantly accompanied by the sense of rebellion that by all means leads us to the light. These themes are rather important for me, though I am not a preacher of ideological doctrines. Anything may happen and only love allows us to start everything again,” writes Pippo Delbono.
“After the battle there is war. After the war there is peace. After the peace there is bliss. After the bliss there is joy that is followed by anger. Afterwards, the melancholy arrives followed by hesitation. Then comes fear, followed by courage. In the end, peace prevails,” these are his words again, the words of a director who had mental problems and dedicated this performance to one of the persons in the asylum called Bobo, who helped him start a new life.
Another play that I liked was presented by the Georgian showcase – Muu - directed by Zura Kikodze. It shows an animal country. Georgian cows escape to a foreign country due to the unendurable life at home. Jason the wolf helps them in this endeavor. He is in love with one of the cows with a name Ketato. Thus, they find themselves in Switzerland. Here they meet a fat Swiss cow Viola and a bull Godfrid. But it turns out that here are lots of problems and difficulties there as well. That is why they fly to other planet Sirius where there are only flowers and green grass. Enamored Jason stays there and sees them off with sorrowful howling. It is a very interesting performance because it is very unique as it comprises the voices of deceased great actors like Medea Chakhava, Gogi Gegechkori, painter Tengiz Mirzashvili, as well as live legends like Kakhi Kavsadze, Nana Pachuashvili and many great actors of younger generation. It is really worth seeing.
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