Directed by – Davit Khorbaladze
Scenography by Ana Gurgenidze
Costume designer Ana Gurgenidze
Composer Anushka Chkheidze
choreography by Natia Chikvaidze
Nata Bichikashvili, Davit Turkia, Aleksandre Dekanoidze, Gvantsa Enukidze, Lasha-Giorgi Lashkhi, Irakli Sirbilashvili, Tamara Chumashvili, Anushka Chkheidze, Davit Khorbaladze
The premiere will be held in the frames of Georgian Showcase 2019
Duration: 240 min, with 2intermissions
The tour group: 13
May 2018 in Tbilisi was very hot. Everything started with a crackdown on drug dealers in clubs on 12 May. This show-off of power by the state led to a protest rally. ‘We dance together—we fight together’ was the slogan that ten thousand people chanted in front of the Parliament against the police violence for several days. Their rally sparked a conflict between the ‘ravers’ and ultraconservatives who were supported by the government.
The situation deteriorated quickly and forced the Minister of Interior to apologise to the ‘ravers’ and to ask them to stop the rally; it stopped. An antihomophobic demonstration planned for 17 May was cancelled due to the threats of violence. Some activists still marched in front of the Chancellery. The police tried to protect them, but when a 15-year-old teenager took a microphone and said ‘Love is love anytime and anywhere’ a man hit him in the face and broke the young man’s jaw.
Later that day the attacker was praised by conservatives on social networks. The Church declared 17 May ‘The Sanctity of the Family’ day and celebrated it with a solemn procession.
At the end of the month Zaza Saralidze organised a rally against the inaction of the police in investigating the murder of his 16-year-old son, who had been killed together with another young man in a gang fight in central Tbilisi. Saralidze’s personal demonstration in front of the Parliament, where he spent months living in a tent, created a great deal of media buzz, but led to nothing. A year later, no one has been charged.
May 2018 in Tbilisi was a time of great frustration. Protests remained futile, and people went on dancing. Clubs reopened, rallies moved from city squares to dance floors. Rave-olution didn’t happen.
Many questions have remained unanswered: who has the monopoly over pleasure and suffering? Who decides who lives and who dies? What is a good reason to violate another person’s body and liberty? How relationships between people change in response to this crisis? Is there any place for LOVE that is ‘LOVE ANYTIME AND ANYWHERE’? What does it mean to be a part of this society? Can you be yourself in your own country? Can you escape your own city?
The Cracked Jaw is a performance about the chaotic self-determination of frustrated and fragile human beings who unexpectedly find themselves in the turmoil of social and political events. The absurd reality that emerges out of this collision is often more performative than the performance itself. You may not immediately recognise any of May 2018 events in it and for many the entire show will be nothing but infinite noise and macabre humour that accompanies the painful search for a performative language that could convey the distinctly theatrical situation in which we live.
So, how can we speak? What should we speak about?
Open Space for Experimental Art was founded in 2016 and aims to develop visual and performing arts in Georgia. Its programme is interdisciplinary and allows for synthesised work in various art fields and forms of expression for both Georgian and international young artists and art lovers.
Open Space theatre laboratory explores new ways, techniques, methods and aims to shape and pave the way to artists willing to work in an alternative space departing from the mainstream methods.
The members of the company include two directors, a painter and 18 artists. Their work largely reflects varied Georgian contemporary scene.
The company’s productions such as, The God of Hunger, The Worry and performances: Labour Code / Extracurricular Reading and A Thicker Skin by A. Dadiani delve into the issues that plague the society (poverty, unemployment, trampling on the rights of workers, homophobia, violence).
The company’s choice of making a run-down electrical plant in a suburb of Tbilisi, its home, is a statement in the fight to make art less elitist and more accessible for broader audiences.
Theater art director: Mikheil Charkviani, Davit Khorbaladze
Contact person: Ana Gurgenidze
Tel:+995 551 400 403