Contemporary artists perform postmodern play in Tbilisi Park



A roster of four independent artists teamed up with Theater on Atoneli, a Tbilisi-based company, for an ongoing premiere project by playwright Mark Ravenhill Swimming pool (no water) at Mtatsminda Park in the capital.

The production marks the play’s Georgian premiere and involves the group of independent creators without troupe affiliation as well as critically acclaimed young performing professionals Davit Gabunia and Guram Matskhonashvili. The staging premiered last week, with the next show on Bill staging Thursday and Friday.

Involving actors Taki Mumladze, Sopo Zeragia, Giviko Baratashvili and Marika Khundadze, the production is carried out in an empty water tank found in the park, located on hills overlooking Tbilisi.

An insight from the directing team said the work was an exploration of the opportunities and aspirations of independent artists “in a contemporary social and cultural context”.

Ravenhill’s 2006 work is a play about the fragility of friendship as well as the results of envy generated by success. Framed around jealousy for professional accomplishments, it represents a look at both relationships and the morality of using the lives of others to create art.

The play’s writing was hailed for having “mesmerizing beauty” by the New York Times, with reviewers also citing “the tension between affection and dislike among friends” as part of the playwright’s play. British Theater Guide rated Swimming pool (no water) for its “hypnotic fluidity”.

While Tavadze and Matskhonashvili contributed to the staging project through their work on the play’s translation and production design respectively, the independent group involved in the performance worked without a director for the staging of the play. room.

The actors involved said that the work on Swimming pool (no water) had been a “major case of stepping out of the comfort zone” for the team, noting that Bill’s audience would also find themselves in a similar situation having to track the performance of an hour and 10 minutes on their feet.

A musical performance is scheduled to follow the evening bills of the production, held in the park on June 17-18. Tickets for the performances are accessible via the platform.


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