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WSD2017|They shoot exhausted horses, don’t they?!
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Emerging Designers


Shota Bagalishvili

They shoot exhausted horses, don’t they?!

Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Lighting Design

Design Statement

“They shoot exhausted horses, don’t they?!” Georgian modern social play, created according to McCoy Horace’s novel of the same name. The novel expresses general tambour and some reflex. The separated time in the current TV broadcasting, well-announced show and the participants’ basic interest were provoked by the award of 100,000$ in case of winning. Four pairs of actors represented a collective face of heavily differentiated society.
The reality TV show reflects the contemporary events, taking place in our reality.
At first glance the action takes place in a horse farm, but, in fact, this is a reality TV show, and there voluntarily participate people with versatile interests. The space, where the action takes place and which includes lots of scenic artistic metaphors, reflects personages and spectators.
The play was awarded with the prize of "Best Scenography 2015" by the Research Centre of Modern Georgian Theatre and International Association of Theatre Critics.


Shota Bagalishvili

I'm Shota Bagalishvili. I was born and I live in Georgia, Tbilisi.
I graduated from Tbilisi Ecclesiastical Academy and Seminary, faculty of Ecclesiastical Architecture, Icon-Painting, Restoration of Machinery and Monumental Icon-Painting.
I also graduated from Apolon Kutateladze Tbilisi State Academy of Art, faculty of Visual Art.
Now I study at Gogi Alexi-Meskhishvili Modern Theatrical Art School at Rustaveli Theatre.
The short list of my work experience includes:
ShotaRustaveli State Drama Theatre:
Hamlet.comX, Director: Levan Khvichia, Robert Sturua Workshop.
Psychosis 4:48, Director: Kita Rokva, Robert Sturua Workshop.
Royal District Theatre:
A Long Break, Director: George Katamadze, Temur Chkeidze Workshop.
Free Theatre:
“They Shoot Exhausted Horses, Don’t They?!,” Director: Avtandil Varsemashvili.
Iliauni Theatre:
The Miracle of Saint Antoine, Director: Gaga Goshadze.
Participant of the exhibition of Gogi Meskhishvili Design School.
The works:
Dinner (Video Art), The Three penny Opera (Mock-up, Sketches and Installation), Great Break (Installation).
Exhibition of Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery:
Participant of Green; the work: Green (Installation).
Participant of the exhibition From 10 to 8. The work: Language (Installation, Painting).
Fiction Film Criminals, Director : Bacho Gokadze.
In my opinion, I do not have an established style of working; I do everything that I consider necessary.

Email Address: shotikobagalishvili@yahoo.com

Theatre Company Liberty Theatre

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-09-20

The Premiere Space of Production Liberty Theatre, Georgia, Tbilisi

Author Avto Varsimashvili

Director/ Choreographer Avto Varsimashvili

Set Designer Shota Bagalishvili and Ketevan Skhirtladze

Lighting Designer Shota Bagalishvili and Avto Varsimashvili

Costume Designer Teo Kukhianidze

Sound Designer Koka Tskitishvili

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Avto Varsimashvili

Other Creative Collaborator/s Liberty Theatre