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Novel Bashi-Achuki Transformed into Modern 3D Theatre Show

Georgia’s Nodar Dumbadze Professional State Youth Theatre is celebrating the 175th birthday of the prominent writer and public figure Akaki Tsereteli by staging a contemporary production of his famous historical novel Bashi-Achuki with three-dimensional (3D) production elements.

The September 27 premiere of the novel’s theatrical adaptation was made possible after a host of artists collaboratednovea project dubbed a “synthesis of directorial means, Georgian folklore and modern graphics technologies”, said event organisers.

Among the team who worked on the production was director Dimitri Khvtisiashvili, composer David Malazonia and well-known Georgian folk dancer and choreographer Iliko Sukhishvili. The 3D visual technology and costumes were created by David Matchavariani and the Kakadu Studio.

Tsereteli’s 1896 historical novel tells a story of the 1659 uprising in Georgia’s eastern Kakheti region against a Persian occupation of the local population. The work also became the basis for a 1956 Soviet Georgian fiction film of the same title.

The Bashi-Achuki project was created with the support of Georgia’s Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection and the Tbilisi Centre of Cultural Events.

The Nodar Dumbadze Professional State Youth Theatre is located on Agmashenebeli Ave in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.