Directed by Michel Didym
App Design, Scenography, Media and Digital Technologies: Chris Ziegler
Sound-Design: Damon Lee
Artistic collaborators: Didier Billon, Jan Gerigk, Bernd Lintermann, Lasha Kvantaliani
App Developers: Wandio Development Team
Digital Dramaturgy: Jan Linders, Bruno Cohen, Nutsa Burjanadze, Sarah Stührenberg
Technical Coordinator: Data Dvalishvili
Creative Partner: ZKM / Center for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe
Eka Nizharadze, Nika Tavadze, Valeri Korshia, Zaza Iakashvili
Virtual Actors: Klaus Cofalka-Adami, Nato Kakhidze
Stage Your City is a project of the partner theatres Centre Dramatique National Nancy-Lorraine, Théâtre de la Manufacture (F), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (DE) and Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre (GE), coproduced by the European Theatre Convention (ETC) as part of the European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital. The European Theatre Lab is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.
“Stage Your City” is merging the trends of digitisation and participatory theatre. It plays with augmented, mixed and virtual reality, 360° video, gaming elements and an app-guided audio walk. The participatory approach encourages the audience to co-create the way out of a dystopian fairy tale: In the future the city will be controlled by an artificial intelligence called Zigmagora. The participants are asked to explore their city interactively, focusing on topics like future health, security, identity – and love.
ZIGMAGORA IS CALLING
2018 – Internet, mobile and connected devices, geolocalisation: Technology creates new forms of interaction and new habits. We all experience this change, day by day. In view of the multiple disruptions in the world (economic crisis, climate change, migration and war), recently a new stage of industrialisation has unfolded, leading to a total encoding of the material and symbolic goods of human activities. This new data economy promises endless new possibilities and the reduction of global incertitude. It establishes itself like a new Eldorado. It is dominated by the giants of information that we all know.
2052 – Coming from the future, four experts tell us about the future of mankind: A calm world under control. Human activity is efficiently managed by artificial intelligence called Zigmagora. The algorithmic rationality takes care of a pleasantly regulated and soothed social life. (Moreover, a general common narrative of human history has been imposed on everybody.)
But in this dystopian world, nothing works anymore. Apart from the speed of information transmission, the accumulation of data and the controlled city that has become perfectly safe, Zigmagora is witness of a world without emotion and affect. Mission to us: recover lost emotions, values of brotherhood and traces of humanity. For this, everyone is invited to roam the city with his or her smart phone. The dilemmas are numerous. Since our emotions and feelings are linked to the choices we make in our relations to beings, things and places, will we be able to transform Zigmagora’s world, our future? And if so, in which manner?
Georgian Premiere will be held in the frames of Georgian Showcase 2018!
Duraiton: 120 minutes
- Please download app Zigmagora from your personal devices (APP Store, Google Play)
- Please ensure to have strong local mobile data, internet connection during the city walk
- Please bring personal headphones
- Operating systems needed: Android 6 or higher / iOs 11 or higher – please update your software if necessary
- Please wear comfortable and weather appropriate clothes
- Please fully charge your phone before performance. We will provide a charging station and powerbanks, yet it is recommended to have the device charged already.
- Please be at the theatre 30 minutes prior to the show
Born in Nancy, he grew up at the time of the World Theatre Festival. There he experienced many
cinematographic, musical and theatrical creations. Actor and director of theatre and opera, he is artistic
director of the festival La Mousson d'été and the European House of Contemporary Theatre Writings
He has directed the Centre Dramatique National (CDN) Nancy Lorraine, La Manufacture since January 1,
2010. There, he introduced new events such as the RING Festival, Neue Stücke (German Drama Week),
and Théâtre d'été (a travelling show in Lorraine, Luxembourg and Germany).
In 1989, winner of the Villa Médicis-Hors les murs Prize, he directed several workshops in New York and
San Francisco on contemporary french texts. Eager to deepen his relationship with contemporary theatre,
he founded in 1995 with his theatre company Boomerang, La Mousson d'été, an annual festival dedicated
to the promotion of contemporary writings, which takes place in the end of August at the Abbaye des
Prémontrés in Pont-à-Mousson (France). In 2001, he founded La Meéc (European House of
Contemporary Theatre Writings) whose mission is to promote the exchange of texts, the translation of
French and European authors and their creations. Since 1990, he has directed numerous texts, mainly
Among his latest creations: in January 2013, he brought together Romane Bohringer and Richard
Bohringer in a production of Angela Dematté's text J'avais un beau ballon rouge. The same year, the
Palmarès du Théâtre awarded the "Coup de coeur du Théâtre public" to Richard Bohringer and Romane
Bohringer for their performance in this show.
In January 2015, he created Le Malade imaginaire by Molière at the CDN Nancy Lorraine - La
Manufacture. Today, this show exceeds 250 performances in France - Switzerland - Belgium - Germany -
China - Morocco in Casablanca, Marrakech, Rabat and Meknes. In December 2017, Michel Didym took
over the role of Argan for two months of performances at Déjazet Theatre - Paris. Following the great
success of Le Malade imaginaire in China, he created in Beijing La véritable histoire de Ah Q, by Lu Xun,
with Chinese actors.
In December 2015 he presented Sales Gosses, the work of a young Romanian author Mihaela Michailov.
In 2016, he also created Meutres de la princesse juive, Bon titre, Publicité mensongère, written by
In January 2018 he directed Les Eaux et Forêts, a text by Marguerite Duras with Brigitte Catillon/Anne
Benoit (alternating), Charlie Nelson and Catherine Matisse. Then, he created for the Festival RING Stage
your city, an interactive digital show.
In February 2019, he will premiere at the Opéra National de Lorraine in Nancy, 7 Minuti - opera by Giorgio
Battistelli based on the text by Stefano Massini.