17 June / 14:00
Chamber Theatre - main stage
"Battle of Stalingrad"

Playwright, Director, Stage-Designer, Puppet-Designer, Costume-Designer - Rezo Gabriadze

Phonogram – Rezo Gabriadze, Ellen Japaridze

Animators – Vladimir Meltser, Tamar Amirejibi, Badri Gvazava, Irakli Sharashidze, Ana Nijaradze

Light  - Mamuka Bakradze

Sound – Zurab Nadaraia

Duration: 90 minutes

Premiered in Dijone in 1998.

Not recommended for children under 10.

The Battle of Stalingrad (August 23, 1942 – February 2, 1943) was one of the most atrocious battles in the history of  mankind. The battle is recognized by historians as a turning point of World War II – an unimaginable slaughter in which more than a million human lives were lost.

The battle itself is just a context, a frame within which the audience follows several fates parallelly, including generals of the army, horses and ants whose lives are affected and determined by war.

Gabriadze portrays his characters as tragic and comic and absurd, regardless of the warring side they belong to. Their stories are presented as mutually interwoven poetic fragments, in the literary and visual form of a collage. The author uses different kinds of puppets - marionettes, gignoles, shadow puppets of various sizes and materials. On his small puppet stage - box, he is able to produce spectacular effects using very simple means.

Rezo Gabriadze  - a writer, stage and film director, producer and puppeteer. He  is also a painter, sculptor and master of book illustrations. His exhibits have been shown in many galleries all over the world. Gabriadze is the author of more than 30 films.

In 1981 Rezo Gabriadze founded Marionette Theatre in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia. It is not a theatre for children, and the puppets do not speak with childish  voices. These stories are real and surreal, credible and fabulous. It is a theater of one author – Rezo Gabriadze – who writes scripts and makes marionettes. The performances staged here were: ”Alfred and Violetta”, “Marshal de Fantier’s Diamond”, “Daughter of The Trabizond Emperor”, “The Autumn of my Springtime”, “The Battle of Stalingrad”. All these performances have thrilled the spectators  all around the world: UK, France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine,  Switzerland, , Italy, Spain, Mexico, Norway, Holland, Canada,  USA at the Kennedy Centre in Washington, the Lincoln Center in New-York, at Spoletto Festival in Charleston , Edinburgh Festival in the UK  etc.