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The opening night of “Ghetto” by Joshua Sobol to take place in Tbilisi under support of VTB

7 May 2010

On 9 May 2010, under support of VTB the opening night of performance “Ghetto” based on the celebrated play of the English dramatist Joshua Sobol will take place in Tbilisi, staged by the Griboedov Tbilisi StateAcademicRussian Drama Theater.On 10 and 11 May the spectators in Batumi and Kutaisi will have an opportunity to see the performance. The project is financed under cooperation with the International Cultural and Educational Association “Russian Club” and timed to the holiday events dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

The play is based on a true story, which happened in the Jewish ghetto of Vilnius during the Nazi occupation in 1942-9143. This is a story about the doomed people – actors, musicians, artists who created a theater during the Holocaust. The authors of the performance deliberately chose the form of musical to make it as much interesting to the wide audience as possible.

Avtandil Varsimashvili, the art director of the Griboedov Theater, Georgia State Prize and Kote Mardzhanishvili Prize winner, is the director of the performance. The music was written specially for the first night by the famous Israeli composer Joseph Bardanashvili, who, unlike the authors of the previous stagings in other countries, refused to use the real songs of the Vilnius ghetto and created his own unique music world. Fourteen original songs were included into the soundtrack of the performance. The students of the actor department of the Rustaveli State Georgia Theater and Cinema University participated in the staging together with the lead actors of the theater.

A bright, tragic and shrilling performance amazes not only with the philosophy apt to generalizations, but also with brilliant music, distinctive choreography and talented vocals.

A new column “Victory Day”, timed to celebration of 9 May in Georgia, appeared in the social and arts magazine “Russian Club” under support of VTB bank. In the honor of the upcoming holiday it will monthly share fascinating stories about the destinies of the Great Patriotic War veterans.

On 6 May 2010, a State reception and concert in honor of the Victory anniversary took place under the auspices of the Russian Club. The special guests of the festive evening were the veterans of the Great Patriotic War and renowned people of culture, art and science. Giga Lortkipanidze, Roin Metreveli, Nunu Gabunia, Makval Gonashvili, Gulbat Toradze, Gudzha Bubuteishvili, Gulbat Rtshiladze. Popular singers Nutsa Shanshiashvili, Eka Mamaladze, Irma Sohadze and actors of Griboedov Theater Ludmila Artemova, Karina Keniya, Nana Darchiashvili, Alla Mamontova, Oleg Mchedlishvili, Zurab Chipashvili and Mikhail Ardzhevanidze participated in the concert.

In July, VTB will support the 4th International Russian-Georgian Poetry Festival held this year under the motto “The World of Poetry is the World without War”. The music-CD “Victory Day”, the book of poems “Obelisk” and the book “Unknown Berggoltz” by Natalia Sokolovskaya (timed to 100th anniversary of the poetess’s birth) will be presented at the festival.


The International Cultural and Educational Association “Russian Club” was registered in 2003. The organization is aimed at comprehensive development of moral ties between Georgia and Russia on the basis of cooperation, friendship and mutual understanding between the two independent states. The association unites more than 5 thousand people of different nationalities, who care about the past, the present and the future of Russian-Georgian relationship. The activity of the association is focused on various spheres of life including literature, art, education, science, sports and tourism.

The monthly social and arts magazine “Russian Club” has been issued since autumn 2005. It covers the most thrilling events of social and cultural life of Georgia and Russia. The 50th issue of the magazine appeared in November 2009.

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