Marry Me in Bassiani

The audience went wild when French media-art collective (LA)HORDE energized last year’s Summer Festival with their jumpstyle sensation. Since then, the trio has been appointed as new directors of the Ballet National de Marseille and is returning with THE BEAST, a large scale installation at Kampnagel’s Vorhalle, and the world premiere of a new dance work for the grand stage. MARRY ME IN BASSIANI focuses on the powerful Georgian folk dance. In the Soviet era, this dance with elements of martial arts and ballet, as well as very fast turns was considered a vehicle for peaceful resistance. Now it is performed at weddings, and has become the (commercial) billboard for the young nation.

With Iveroni Group, founded by former dancers of the Georgian National Ballet, (LA)HORDE is exploring the resistance potential of the dance with a 1500-year-long history and placing it in the context of the most recent example for danced protests in Georgia. After a raid on the Tbilisi nightclub Bassiani (which will be a guest at the Summer Festival on August 10), tens of thousands of young people danced in front of the capital’s parliament building to loud techno music in the spring of 2018. MARRY ME IN BASSIANI is a spectacular evening about resistance, solidarity and the energetic power of people dancing toghether.


Production, Concept & Staging: (LA)HORDE, Marine Brutti, Jonathan Debrouwer, Arthur Harel
Sound Composition: Sentimental Rave
Stage Design: Julien Peissel
Stage Construction: Les ateliers du Grand T – Nantes
Light Design: Patrick Riou
Assistant: Lily Sato
Outside Eye: Jean-Christophe Lanquetin
Coach: Natia Chikvaidze
General stage management: Guillaume Allory, Sébastien Mathé
Sound Direction: Jonathan Cesaroni
Production Manager: Clémence Sormani
Production Assistance: Léo Viguier
Administration: Isabelle Chesneau
With: IVERONI Ensemble, led by Kahhaber Mched (alternating): Mari Bakelashvili, Gaga Bokhua, Tinatin Chachua, Natia Chikvaidze, Tornike Gabriadze, Iakob Gogotishvili, Tornike Gulvardashvili, Levan Jamagidze, Giorgi Khubaevi, Nika Khurtsidze,, Khatuna Laperashvili, Kakhaber Mchedlidze, Neli Mdzevashvili, Anzori Popkhadze, Vaso Tchikaberidze, Tamar Tchumburidze, Natia Totladze, Lali Zatuashvili

CO-PRODUCTION of International Summer Festival Kampnagel, MAC – Maison des Arts de Créteil, Théâtre de la Ville de Paris, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Maison de la danse de Lyon, TAP – Théâtre Auditorium de Poitiers, Centre chorégraphique national de Nantes, Bonlieu – Scène nationale d’Annecy, Charleroi danse, Teatro Municipal do Porto, La Comédie de Clermont-Ferrand, Fondation BNP Paribas, Institut français, Les Salins – Scène nationale de Martigues, Fonds Transfabrik– Fonds franco-allemand pour le spectacle vivant. SUPPORTED BY Fondation BNP-Paribas, MAC – Maison des Arts de Créteil RESIDENCY Gaîté Lyrique.

FUNDED BY Bündnisses internationaler Produktionshäuser of the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and through the Ministry of Culture and Media Hamburg as well as Institut français and French Ministry of Culture/DGCA.