International Program

Program type: International Program
Beginning at: 19:00 - Sunday, 23 September
Location: Shota Rustaveli State Drama Theatre (Big Stage)
Nino Kharatishvili

The eighth life (For Brilka)

Adapted by Julia Lochte and Emilia Linda Heinrich
Directed by Jette Steckel
Costume Designer Pauline Hüners
Stage Designer Florian Lösche
Video by Zaza Rusadze
Choreographer Yohan Stegli
Music Adapted by Mark Badur
Photographer Armin Smailovic


Lisa Hagmeister, Franziska Hartmann, Mirco Kreibich, Marie Löcker, Karin Neuhäuser, Barbara Nüsse, Sebastian Rudolph, Maja Schöne, André Szymanski


About Performance:
Georgia, 1900: The birth of Stasia, daughter of a respected chocolatier, triggers the start of a narrated family saga that spans six generations, through all of the revolutions and wars of the 20th century through to the present day.

Germany/Georgia, 2005: After the fall of the wall and the dissolution of the USSR, civil war prevails in Georgia. Niza, Stasia’s great grandchild, has emigrated to Berlin. When her 12-year old niece, Brilka, who was born into post-Soviet chaos, travels to the West, she refuses to return to Tbilisi. Niza tracks her down. She tells Brilka the family’s whole story, starting with Stasia, who never fulfilled her dream to be a dancer in Paris, yet who still danced under the indigenous apple tree for a hundred years, quietly and tenderly scraping together a living. She talks about Stasia’s half-sister Christine, who paid a high price for her beauty, which drew her under the spell of one of the most senior intelligence officials. She tells her about Stasia’s daughter Kitty, who lost everything but found her voice while living in exile in London. About Kitty’s brother Kostja, who came to an arrangement with the system as an apparatchik. About Kostja’s rebellious daughter Elene and her very different daughters Daria and Niza. ‘The

Eighth Life (For Brilka)’ is a revolutionary, opulent novel, written by Nino Haratischwili, who was born in Tbilisi in 1983, writes in German and now lives in Hamburg. With magical realism she tells stories about adaptation, betrayal and resistance, love, hate and the will to live (and survive). Haratischwili depicts the rise and fall of communism from before the revolution through to Europe post-reunification, from the perspective of a Georgian family, who are as ensnared as they are conflicted by the totalitarianism, tragedies and upheavals of this God-forsaken 20th century.

World premiere on 8th April 2017


"This is a miracle of theatre!" 

"You can literally touch the inexorability of the 20th century. This is only possible through this ensemble beyond comparison.“
NDR 90,3


"What a night – sublime, smart and diversified!“ 

"Five hours – and not one minute too long!“
Hamburger Abendblatt


"Steckel offers five hours of capivating tragedy, tragic family comedy and historical crime thriller“
Die Welt


"...poetic moments full of immense tenderness”


"You want more, to do something weird (…) with crazy ideas in your mind and gratefulness in your heart. “The Eighth Life” revives. “
Die Zeit


„…a fast-paced, extremly imaginative lucky bag for the stage. The spectator joins in for loving, suffering and laughing. As the curtains close, nothing keeps the audience on their seats: standing ovations.”


"What has deemed to be impossible has become possible. An incredibly intense evening."
Kaukasische Post


Funded by The Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media  as part of the Im Rahmen von "Umbruch in Europa / Europa im Umbruch"- programme

Duration: 295 minutes, with 2 intermissions
Tickets: 60, 50, 35, 25, 20, 15 GEL



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