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Program type: Georgian ShowCase Program
Starts at: 21:00 - Saturday, 05 October
Location: Courtyard Marriott
Basa Janikashvili

Before We got To Know Each Other

Basa Janikashvili
Before We got To Know Each Other

Directed by Zurab Getsadze
Scenography by Shota Glurjidze
Composers -  Erekle Getsadze
Assistant to the director - Elene Monaselidze
Video  by Giorgi Khositashvili

The Cast:
Nino Burduli,Goga Pipinashvili

Date of Premire:4.05.2108
Duration: 55 minutes, without intermission
The tour group:9 persons


About the performance:

Director Zurab Getsadze  seeks an alternative space for his performance.  A  room in a hotel is  transformd into a theatrical stage, where  actors and audience are united. Everyone in the room becomes  a participant of the action.

In a hotel room two people are trying to get to know each other. These two major characters of the play __ Nino (female) and Gyia (male) are making a strenuous effort to recall when they had met each other while unwilling to reconcile with the fact that they know each other’s names.

There’s a knock at the door. They are in bed together __ their formula of escapism. The uneasiness of the situation is further intensified by the knowledge that it’s the cheated husband and wife. They suddenly realize, it, in fact, is them standing beyond the door.

In a desperate attempt to save their love, Nino and Gyia refuse to acknowledge they have long been married to each other. They want to flee the monotonous life and tap into their powers of love and fidelity.


Contact information:
Theater art director: Giorgi Sikharulidze
Contact person: Buka Kartozia
Tel:+995 579 444 139


We came to change everything in the theatre” – Mikheil Tumanishvili (1921 – 1996)

In 1975 School of Theatrical Arts and Film Actors Theatre was established and began operating on the platform of Film Studio “Kartuli Pilmi” (“Georgian Film”). In 1978 it was officially opened by Mikhail Tumanishvili and his students. Tumanishvili was a driving force in the reformation of the Georgian theatre in the 20th century. He was a director of drama and opera, creator of Georgian Television Theatre, Professor at the University of Arts, theorist and educator.


From its inception, the experimental theatre took a prominent position in the Georgian and international industry of arts. Over a period of years the theatrical school participated in art festivals in Europe, USA, Latin America and Australia where they clinched numerous awards.


The creative group in this theatre (directors, actors) educated by Tumanishvili himself or through his methods continues to seek out new methods and forms to use within the theatrical industry. In recent times the theatre has internationally co-produced several spectacles all of which deployed unique methods and aesthetics.


Tumanishvili’s Film Actors Theatre is a government funded entity. Two stages operate within the theatre; the main stage, designed by Tumanishvili, resembles the stage of Shakespeare Globe Theatre and has neither a backstage or a curtain. It is is surrounded by audience on three sides. In 2012 the minor stage was built and is used for theatrical research and educational purposes.
The foyer of the theatre houses an art gallery and an art café.


Contact information:
Theater art director: Giorgi Sikharulidze
Contact person: Buka Kartozia
Tel:+995 579 444 139

Zurab Getsadze

Director and Actor. He was born 6 February 1971 in Tbilisi.

1988-1992 – Drama Faculty of the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University headed by Michael Tumanishvili

2008-2010 -MA academic level of the Directors of Drama headed by Robert Sturua.

From 1992 to present: Actor and Director of the Tumanishvili Film Actor Theatre.

From 2013 to 2017: Managing Director of the International Art Festival “Gift".

From 2009 to present: Managing Director of the Tumanishvili Film Actor Theatre.


As a director, he has directed performances;

2003 - “The Playboy of the Western World” by John Synge/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre

2007 - “The Bald Soprano“ by Eugene Ionesco/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre

2010 - “7 short plays” by Lasha Bughadze/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre

2013- “The Police” by Slawomir Mrozek/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre

2016 - "King Lear" by William Shakespeare/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre

2018 - “Before We Got To Know Each Other” by Basa Janikashvili/ Tumanishvili Film Actors Theatre and ITI Georgian Centre