Puppet: “A small figure of a man, moved by wires, springs, or even by hand. »
The art of puppetry is a matter for enchantment. The curtain rises and suddenly, in front of the eyes of children which believed to be extinguished, the stone, wood or fabric become manifestations of human presence. The puppeteer presides over the miracles and controls the appearance his personal science. Thus, there is something wonderful about the characters of Rezo Gabriadze; they don't quite walk, but slide, lightly, and music accompanies them everywhere – signalling their enchantment as well as their humanity. This music, omnipresent in this infinitely poetic theatre, is considered with the same love, whether it was born from the pen of the greatest – Gyia Kancheli! – or stemming from the popular tradition, so rich in Georgia!
Rezo and his puppets teach us not to make a distinction between popular and learned music, but to always look for true and sincere emotion; they entreat us to look beyond appearances, finding the human behind what does not resemble him – but also revealing in every man his part of dream, made of ink, music and rags. They teach us to live like musicians, to be enchanted by people and things, and to pay attention to what we see and hear. Through these”little figures of men”, it is our silhouettes that we find, as in an enchanted mirror.
Let us open, with delight, our eyes and ears!
Rezo & Levan Gabriadze, artistic direction
Théâtre de Valère
rue du Vieux Collège 22