Irina Bagauri

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A Russian Dream

Early spring is a time of burning desire and sacrifice. Before the soil develops a smell of grass, the feeling of hunger intensifies and the flesh weakens. In order to survive, nature must come to our aid and produce yields. Nature demands its sacrifice. The Russian pagan ritual of sacrifice is the plot of one of greatest Russian ballets of the 20th century, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. The ballet, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, was first performed at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées...

Ensuring Each Note Has Meaning

“In the West everyone thinks that I had an unhappy childhood, however, I remember that time as a very happy period. I had an intense childhood and had many friends. That played a big role in my life.” That is how Liza Batiashvili, one of the most in-demand violinists of modern times, began talking about her early childhood years spent in Georgia. She was born to a family of musicians in Tbilisi and started playing the violin, as she says, by imitating her father’s students. Her family then...

Interview with Gianluca Marcianò

For the time being, you are in a very difficult situation. On the one hand, the premier of a new opera performance lies ahead, the rehearsals of which are currently temporarily suspended; on the other hand, you, along with members of the theatre team, are participating in a protest against the artistic director of the theatre. What is the cause of your protest?It is naturally much better when you are interviewed about some positive topics. However, I try to find a positive side in this protest...

Divas Are Not In Fashion

Two months ago, in Berlin, Anita Rachvelishvili performed with a host of other world-renowned performers in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Tsar's Bride, led by conductor Daniel Barenboim. Her name has been seen on the playbills of the world's leading theatres for a long time now. But for lovers of lyrical music, she still remains the main hero of an unbelievable story that happened four years ago: on 7 December 2009, the season of one of the world's most renowned opera houses, La Scala in Milan...

The Revival of Lost Techniques

"Along with multiple wonderful techniques that man created with the help of fire during the evolution of the mankind, one of the most important is that of cloisonné enamel," today the undisputed master of this technique is Ermile Maghradze, who spent more than 30 years undertaking thorough scientific research of the techniques of the Medieval period. A copy of a medallion that he created in 1990 by applying traditional methods is kept in the Museum of Fine Arts of the Georgian National Museum...

Gela Jincharadze - the Painter

"Stories mainly come themselves. I do not see them, but my body feels that something has already ripened – when this feeling makes me fidgety, I go to a blank piece of paper and start drawing. Then, at the paper, my heart prompts me what lines to draw and in which way to draw them." The paintings and drawings with which Gela Jincharadze...

Federico Fellini: The Grandmaster of Dreams

"Fellini is a great man. He understands that perfectly well and everyone tells him that he is great. Consequently, great things revolve around him – gigantic beds, huge hats, immense bottoms of women. However, the world viewed by Fellini, in contrast to the décor of his films, is small, extremely tiny and contained within narrow frames. His world is a province, a microcosm, in which people are diseased with elephantiasis." This is how the great maestro was described by his younger colleague and...

Davit Kakabadze in the National Gallery

On 18 May, a retrospective exhibition of the works of Davit Kakabadze was opened in the Georgian National Gallery in Tbilisi as part of an event marking International Museum Day.Cubist and abstract works, compositions in oil paint, watercolors, mixed media, landscapes of Georgia, constructivist and decorative collages – are amongst the works displayed in the halls of the National Gallery, where they are classified thematically to show the diversity of styles.Davit Kakabadze was one of those...

Nina Ballerina

“Last time I saw Nino Ananiashvili at La Scala, she performed the Swan Lake. I will never forget how her hands moved when she was exiting the stage at the end of the second act after the scene of parting with the Prince. The only advantage of my age is that I have seen many ballet dancers: [Maya] Plisetskaya, [Margot] Fonteyn, [Natalia] Makaraova, but I cannot...

Violence, Wedding and Meditations on Banal Themes

Georgian theater goers will remember the 2012 Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre for, if anything, two things: several distinguished performances staged inside Tbilisi theatres and some political demonstrations simultaneously played out on the streets outside. Now in its fourth year, the Festival attracts established as well as up-and-coming directors and...

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