The Autumn Of My Springtime
Directed by –Rezo Gabriadze
Art Director Rezo Gabriadze
Puppet Masters and Set Designers
Luka Gonashvili, Shmagi Savaneli, Luka Gonashvili, Vladimir Meltser, Avtandil Gonashvili, Gela Djangirashvili, Gayane Takaishvili,
Maya Kobakhidze, Tamar Amirajibi, Irina Ujmadjuridze, Tamar Kobakhidze
Rezo Gabriadze, Elene Japaridze
Ramaz Chkhikvadze, Rusudan Bolkvadze, Leo Antadze, Natia Kavsadze, Kakhi Kavsadze, Nana Pachuashvili, Kakhi Maisuradze, Givi Berikashvili, Rezo Tavartkiladze, Ruslan Mikaberidze, Ciala Gurgenidze, Neli Mindiashvili, Tina Kozanova, Badri Gvazava
Niko Gelovani, Tamar Amirajibi, Badri Gvazava, Irakli Sharashidze, Anna Nizharadze
Date of Premire: 2002, Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 90 minutes, without intermission
This is a story about Boria Gadai, a small bird with a big heart. It takes place in Kutaisi, Georgia, after the end of the World War II. When Varlam, the organ-grinder dies, Boria is the only one left to take care of the old grandmother Domna. Unwittingly, Boria becomes a thief, falls in love with beautiful Ninel and undertakes many dangerous and exciting adventures. This is a story of a journey through dreams, despair, anger and joy. It is an enchanting mixture of masterful puppetry, Georgian folk songs, dance and memories dear to the author’s heart.
“But my dream came true. I went back to painting and sculpture, and this time forever. I am grateful to my fate, to the puppets, and my small troupe, rustling softly in dark corners of this old building.”
Though modest in size, The Gabriadze Theater is among the world’s preeminent cultural institutions. Presenting mature puppet performances full of depth and meaning, it has gained the respect and recognition of international audiences and critics alike.
Based in its home theater in Tbilisi, Georgia, the company is under the direction of a noted artist, writer, and director Rezo Gabriadze (whose awards include Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic – France’s highest recognition for cultural achievements.) The Gabriadze Theater has toured extensively, its recent venues including: Lincoln Center Festival in New York; The Edinburgh Festival; Bogota Theater Festival; San Sebastian Festival, Spain; Toronto World Stage Festival; The Barbican Center, London; Theater de la Ville, Paris; The Kennedy Center Festival, Washington, D.C.; the Theatre Art Studio in Moscow.
The Gabriadze Theater stands in the heart of Tbilisi’s historic Old Town. This beautiful building of the unique marionette theatre was designed by Gabriadze himself. Among the shows in its current repertoire are: “The Autumn of My Spring”, “Stalingrad”, “Ramona”, “Diamond of Marshal de Fant’e”.