“The Unlocked Circle” – Georgian National Pavilion at the Prague Quadrennial 2019

20 Maggio 2019 ArticlesNewsProjects


Sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Georgia.

On June 6- 16, 2019 at PQ15 Georgia came out in the main Countries and Regions Section with the national pavilion “The Unlocked Circle”.


During the Prague Quadrennial 2019 the Georgian National Pavilion pursues the goal to document transformation of aesthetics of Georgian theatre and demonstrate political context, communication culture and interaction of artistic reflections.

Modern practice of Georgian theatre focuses on a wide range of dialogues, reflections on the essence and opportunities. The subjects of the dialogue unite local and global identities including wider paradigms and groups representing subcultures and gender. The dialogue consists of diverse elements and vectors giving the theatre a role of a universal medium that should foster a complex process, identify the problems and support the involved sides in renewal of their identities, “create” a common knowledge through communication.

Under the circumstance of the shift of paradigm the process of search of renewed identity, which unites confrontational and communicative aspects, becomes especially active. During the PQ19 exposition of the Georgian National Pavilion “The Unlocked Circle” will resonate with the newest theatrical trend. It is based on the dialogue and is especially visible in the works of the young directors who attempt to represent social, cultural and political contexts that give birth to the changes of a paradigm, start transformation of the language of Georgian theatre (among them through formation of so called “new theatre of sensitivity”). It is important that the “new theatre of sensitivity” documents the recent history as part of a “dialogue”.

Topics of the works selected for the National Pavilion cover state of traumas in a war and post-war societies (local as well as general problems). In this context it is logical that Georgian National Pavilion presents its exposition in the same cluster as national pavilions of Ukraine and Armenia.

30-year history and culture of Georgian independence contains confrontational, conflicting narratives. National reflections of the 1990s were based on the topics permanent waiting, hope, frustration, disrupted borders and syndrome of a closed space. The themes partially maintained their urgency even until the beginning of the 21st century.

Thanks to the post-traumatic analysis of the society since 2010s Georgian theatre went through the period of transformation. The artists of new generation think through the categories of rapprochement and empathy and try to find their own identity in the global context.

In 2019 the Georgian National Pavilion will present theatre projects of different genres and aesthetics at the Prague Quadrennial. The video recordings of plays and performances as well as interviews will create visual panorama. Topics of the interviews will concentrate on reflections of theatres on current political, social and cultural processes. This way the display will create an extended circle of communication with the spectators and give them an opportunity to get familiar with the sensitivity of modern theatre and present situation.

Georgian National Pavilion unites different generations of Georgian stage designers and directors who create stage design for their performances to demonstrate transformation of the goals and objectives of theatrical art and stage design. These are the representatives of three generations: David Doiashvili (born in 1971) whose university years coincided with the end of the Soviet Union and who started his professional career in the post-soviet period; Nikoloz Sabashvili (born in 1980) who was formed as an artist during the dramatic and turbulent years of collapse of the Soviet Union and three young theatre professionals (one stage designer and two directors/stage designers) Shota Bagalishvili, Guram Matskhonashvili and David Tavadze (all born in 1989) whose identity was formed during the period of independence and who are the same age as independent Georgia.

These artists are known for different theatrical culture, worldview and aesthetics. Their work gives birth to essential changes (sometimes revolutionary, sometimes more cautious but still clear) of the language of Georgian theatre and brings us to establishment of so-called “theatre of new sensitivity” by the generation of 1989s.

During the last decade Georgian scenography revealed distribution of specific fields of specialization based on gender. Gender balance shifted more towards the women – trend that became obvious at the Georgian National Pavilion of the Prague Quadrienale 2015 (concept “Voice of the Women”). In parallel scenography became more popular among the male directors.  Sceographyc images, which are created by the directors remain quite reserved, even minimalistic and are sometimes based on the aesthetics of kitsch or documentalizm…

Modern Georgian theatre experiences growth of importance of documentary narrative as an artistic tool for presenting the urgent problems to the public. Georgian National Pavilion is based on this principle.

It is a territory where varieties of spatial interpretations are demonstrated through metamorphoses and movement following an inner aspiration to unlock the circles and to overcome the boundaries. The artistic space of the Pavilion typifies this active theatrical process comprised of passions, desires, thoughts, values, aspirations and hopes. It is a territory where new visions appear again and again and where personalities are renewed. It offers a fascinating story of art and liberation of life, a way to a new “ego” through reinterpretation of the past and reflection of the present.

Nino Gunia-Kuznetsova

Author of the theme, Curator                                                                                                                       

Tamar Bokuchava (1963-2019)

Co-author, Co-curator

Participating Artists

David Doiashvili- Director, scenographer

Nikoloz Sabashvili – Director, actor, scenographer

Guram Matskhonashvili – Director, scenographer

Shota Bagalishvili – Stage and costume designer

David Tavadze – Director, author, actor, scenographer


Nino Gunia-Kuznetsova, Curator, Author of the theme

Tamar Bokuchava, (1963-2019) Co-curator, Co-author

Manana Gunia, Exhibition designer & graphic designer

Meri Matsaberidze, PR manager

Tamar Gurchiani, Project Manager, Coordinator of performance group

Avtandil Dolaberidze, IT & Technical manager

Nino Surguladze, Cluster Coordinator

Malkhaz Barbakadze, Director, Video editing

TElETON Studio L.T.D, Post production

Khatuna Kikvadze, Editor, Consultant

Tamar Janashia, Translation

Irakli Khutsishvili, Designer

Nino Burduli, Layout

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