Tbilisi Biennale of Stage Design 2018

28 Gennaio 2019 NewsProjectsTbilisi Biennial of Scenography

Tbilisi Biennale of Stage Design was initiated by the Valerian Gunia Union of Young Theatre Artists – the OISTAT National Center of Georgia in 2016.

The Biennale aims to build conditions for professional development of young stage designers and for intercultural dialogue.

The Biennale is a unique platform created for young scenographers and enabling them to present themselves and their projects; to review and assess the process ongoing in this field of art, to share their creative ideas, to arrange professional discussions, to plan and develop joint projects.

Tbilisi Biennale included an international exhibition and the educational program Masters’ Lab.

Regional Forum of Young Performing and Visual Artists was an associated event held within the framework of the Biennale.












The main component of the biennale – the international exhibition – was held at the Tbilisi History Museum on 11-18 October 2018.

The national pavilions of seven countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Canada, Russia, Hungary, Ukraine – were set up. 

In addition, Georgia was represented by two expositions: the national pavilion of professional stage designers under 35 and the exhibition Aphkhazeti by the students of Georgian scenographer Gogi Alexi-Meskhishvili’s Design School.


Participants of International Exhibition:

Nelly Barsegyan – Curator, Stage and Costume Designer

Mustafa Mustafaev – Curator, Stage and Costume Designer

Rustaveli Theatre – Gogi Alexi-Meskhishvili Design School 
Curator – Gogi Alexi-Meskhishvili
Participating Students:
Giorgi Orakhelashvili
Ilya Sajaya
Mariam Khachapuridze
Nina Jandieri
Nanka Esiava
Sofia Sharia
Tiko Megrelishvvili

Georgian Pavilion
Curator – Nino Gunia-Kuznetsova
Shota Bagalishvili – Stage and Costume Designer
Sergey Shivts – Stage and Costume Designer

Curator – Pavlo Bosyy
Avalon Acaso – Stage and Costume Designer
Edith Natapravira – Stage and Costume Designer
Echo Zhou – Stage and Costume Designer
Jennifer Arsenault – Stage and Costume Designer
Jordan Watkins – Stage and Costume Designer
Julia Lee – Stage and Costume Designer
Kristen Ferguson – Stage and Costume Designer
Khanh Quach – Stage and Costume Designer
Michael F. Bergmann – Stage and Costume Designer
Sorcha Gibson – Stage and Costume Designer

Curator – Inna Mirzoyan
Aleksei Levdanskii  – Stage and Costume Designer
Aleksander Iakunin – Stage and Costume Designer
Anastasia Bugaeva  – Stage and Costume Designer
Ilariya Nikonenko – Stage and Costume Designer
Timofei Riabushinskii – Stage and Costume Designer

Crator – Ágnes Bobor
Juli Balázs – Stage Designer
Ágnes Bobor – Stage Designer
Zoltán Egyed – Stage and Costume Designer
Eszter Kálmán – Stage and Costume Designer

Oleksandr Sergiienko – Director, Producer, Actor  
Anastasiia Podervianska – Scenographer, Puppet Designer
Oleksandr Smyrnov – Artist, Sculptor, Puppeteer
Yana Tytarenko – Director
Uliana Kulchytska – Stage and Costume Designer


Tbilisi Biennale of Stage Design includes the educational program Masters’ Lab.

Masters’ Lab aims to enrich young participants with new knowledge and professional skills.

In 2018, experts from various fields were invited to the Masters’ Lab:

  •  Pamela Howard, Director/ Scenographer, UK.International Chair in Drama: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff, Emeritus Professor: University of the Arts, London, and a Visiting Professor Arts University Bournemouth
  • Yaron Abulafia, PhD. Performance / Light Designer, Israel/ Netherlands
  • Polina Bahktina, Artist, Scenographer, Illustrator, Russia. Curator of the Scenography course at the British Higher School of Design in Moscow
  • Yan Kalnberzin, Video and Media Artist, Russia
  • Dobrivoje Milijanović, DA, Polymedia Art, SerbiaAssistant Professor at Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Department of Sound Design, teaching Sound Design for Stage
  • Romana Bošković Živanović, DA, Scene Design, Serbia. Associate Professor, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad

On 12-16 October, the series of master-classes was held at Shota Rustaveli State University of Theatre and Cinema and at Tbilisi State Academy of Fine Arts.

Over 360 people attended the master-classes.