Directed by Data Tavadze
Composer NIKA PASURI
Designer SEBASTIAN HANNAK
FHOTOGRAFE; Felix Grünschloss
Annagerlinde Dodenhoff , Timo Tank , Antonia Mohr , Sonja Viegener, Gunnar Schmidt, Alexander Küsters.
In 1937, during the Great Terror numerous Georgian artists and intellectuals fell as victims of Stalin’s purges, including over 100 writers. What happens when the State establishes a total control and tries to exterminate every single attempt of free expression?
Tiger and Lion is a fictional play, though based on true stories, where characters have no names. They are collective images, combining the biographies from the bloody history of Soviet Georgia. Tizian Tabidze, Olga Okujava, Mikjeil Javakhishvili... are among those whose tragic destinies are reflected in the play; centering on Paolo Iashvili’s “provocative” suicide, at the former Writers’ Union (Machabeli Street), the tragedy witnessed by stuffed figures of the lion and the tiger, kept in the same house up till present.
In German-Georgian co-production the director Data Tavadze and the playwright Davit Gabunia together with the German actors of Staatstheater Karlsruhe present a distanced and strict analysis of the tragic events. The artistic team attempts to find the starting points from where “history should start”.
The production was supported by Goethe Institut.
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes, without intermission
The Staatstheater Karlsruhe is one of the largest multi-department theatres in Europe, with 750 permanent employees presenting around 900 performances to more than 330.000 spectators annually. In addition to the four classical departments – opera, concert, ballet and drama – two new departments were created since Peter Spuhler took over as general manager in 2011: Children and Youth and Participatory Theatre. From fall 2018, the three major departments (opera, ballet, drama) are led by women. The theatre looks back on 300 years of history: Founded in 1719 as the court theatre, parallel to the built-up of the city, it has always been open to the general public. The theatre is an active member in several international networks, among them Opera Europa and the European Theatre convention ETC, as a partner of the Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre. Their latest collaboration, the digital theatre experience “Stage your City”, was premiered in April 2018 in Nancy, France. www.staatstheater.karlsruhe.de