The Georgians

In 1990, the entire Georgian Chamber orchestra migrated from Tbilisi to Ingolstadt supported by the automobile enterprise, Audi. They left the paradise which as legend has it, God had created for himself but left to the Georgian people when they missed the distribution of land to all nations. After 25 years of music making in Ingolstadt, the city’s cultural life is unimaginable without the Georgians. Still today, the ensemble is made up solely of Georgians under the current artistic direction of Ruben Gazarian.

The documentary musical theatre project, ‘The Georgians’, questions the history behind the unusual resettlement of a whole orchestra. What were the reasons for fleeing? What did the orchestra represent in Tblisi and what void did it leave behind? What is the unique Georgian sound ascribed to the orchestra? Is it possible that music can help foreignness be accepted by a host society? What are the conditions and prerequisites which enable a successful new start? Can we learn something from the Georgians as a successful model for integration?

In this project, the theatre group werkgruppe2 with current and former members of the Georgian chamber orchestra collected accounts and appraisals of the musicians’ experiences. Based on these interviews, together with members of the Ingolstadt theatre ensemble and some of the orchestra players, they developed a theatre evening about the exciting life stories of the Georgian musicians.

"This took time, till we get to know this capitalistic system."

Premiere: 15.11.2016

Festsaal
Stadttheater Ingolstadt

28./30.11./ 12./19.12.2016

Direction
Julia Roesler

Music Direction
Nikoloz Shamugia

Concept and Research
Merzhäuser/ Roesler

Design
Charlotte Pistorius

Dramaturgy
Silke Merzhäuser, Rebecca Reuter

 
photos: Jochen Klenk

 

Performers
Ingrid Cannonier, Katrin Wunderlich, Jan Gebauer, Péter Polgár, Sebastian Witt
Musicians
Lia Chkhartishvili, Viktor Konjaev, Tamaz Lomidze, Viktor Sikarulidze, David Tsadaia