“The Tempest” by William Shakespeare at the Et Cetera Theatre in Moscow
starring Alexander Kalyagin. 25.09.10 - 30.10.10
Director: Robert Sturua
Set and costume designer: Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili
Composer: Gia Kancheli
Et Cetera Theatre, Moscow
Hamlet in The Washington Post
Aided considerably by exquisitely designed lighting by Colin K. Bills and highly stylized and innovative scenic design, props and costumes by Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili, Synetic has mounted a full- fledged theatrical presentation, rather than a dance concert.
The Gambler in New York Magazine
"Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili's characterful costumes...help grease the action's cinematic fluidity as well as provide powerful visual symbols."
Benvenuto Cellini in The New York Times
" When he and the production team, including the set designer George Tsypin and the costume designer Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili, took their joint curtain call, they were greeted by a mixed chorus of lusty boos and ardent bravos, which essentially encapsulated my own reactions. "
The Nose in The New York Times
"Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili has dressed the men and women of this enormous cast with imperial elegance"
King Lear in The New York Times
The nightmarish vision is provided by the designer Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili, who represented the Republic of Georgia at this year's Biennale in Venice.
The Nose in The New York Times
"handsomely costumed by Georgi Alexi-Meskhishvili"
Georgi "Gogi" Alexi-Meskhishvili is a renowned Georgian set designer and artist.
From 1971 to 1995 he was the chief set designer for the Rustaveli Theatre in Tbilisi and, from 1986 to 1995, also for the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre, both in Georgia, where he has provided the scenery and costumes for over 200 productions. Many of his shows toured internationally, and he was hired as a professor of stage design at Dartmouth College in 1996. Since 2001 he has been consistently collaborating with the Synetic Theater in Washington, DC.
Over the years he has designed sets and costumes for the stages of Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus in Dusseldorf, Finnish National Theatre in Helsinki, Habima National Theatre in Tel Aviv, Mariinsky Theatre for Opera and Ballet in Saint Petersburg, Metropolitan Opera in New York, Moscow Art Theatre in Moscow, Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, NY and St. Petersburg Big Drama Theater.
His costumes and sets have been described as, "handsome" and "imperially elegant" by The New York Times, "highly stylized and innovative" by The Washington Post and "characterful" by New York magazine.
Among his many awards is the 2003 Overall Excellence in Design award for Host and Guest from The New York International Fringe Festival and the European Film Award (Felix) for the 1988 film Ashik Kerib, directed by Sergei Paradjanov. He represented Georgia at the 1999 Venice Biennale.
Alexi-Meskhishvili is an Honorary Member of the Russian Academy of Arts and an Honorary Citizen of Tbilisi, Georgia.