As I have already mentioned in the previous articles, Tbilisi’s most beautiful part is old town. Rezo Gabriadze’s theatre is located exactly there, on Shavtelidze Street. Rezo is a painter, director of the theatre, writer and also sculptor. He was born in Kutaisi city in 1936. He is the author of more than 35 films such as “Mimino,” “Sherekilebi” and etc.
In 1981 he founded the Marionette Theater in Tbilisi that won the hearts of the audience from the first shows and nowadays, this theatre travels all around the world. There are four famous performances in the theatre’s program: “My Spring’s autumn,” “Stalingrad,” “Ramona,” and “Diamond of Marshall de Fonteite.”
Rezo Gabriadze’s motto is written on the façade of the theatre with golden letters: “Extra Cepam Nihil Cogito Nos Lacrimare“, which means “Let our tears come only while cutting the onion.”
One of the main attractions in Tbilisi is a huge clock tower that was built in 2010 by Rezo Gabriadze. There are placed the city’s biggest and the smallest clocks. At the end of each hour, an angel comes out from the beautifully painted door and rings the bells with a small hammer. A bigger door opens only twice a day, at 12:00 pm and at 19:00 pm. Visitors can watch a very nice show when the second door opens. There is a mini Dolls Theater and it shows “The cycle of life.”
These dolls show us the cycle of life. A young boy meets a beautiful girl and he fells in love. Then they marry and have a child. The time is passing. They have a very happy family. Later they get older and older, after their death, their son continues his life, meeting his future wife, and everything starts from the beginning. That is why the name of this show is the cycle of life. This is the meaning of the life and Rezo showed it shortly in a very beautiful way. After the show, people are clapping with happy faces and thoughtful eyes. They start thinking about their children and realize that they might die, but they will never disappear, as they will continue living in their children’s hearts after they are gone. They have left their traces in this beautiful world. This performance is held on the background of the lovely Georgian folk song, which is about the life.
The lower part of this clock tower is beautifully decorated with the ceramic tiles which are also made by Rezo Gabriadze. He painted this place himself. This place has become one of the main sightseeing. Many tourists are coming near this tower every day, especially at 12 and 19 o’clock. Here is also a Café of the Theater, which is located next to the tower clock. It is one of the best places to spend nice summer evenings.
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