ღამე და დღე / NIGHT AND DAY
A performance deviced with members of the transgender community Tbilisi in collaboration with WISG (Women’s Initiative Supporting Group Tbilisi)
In a six months rehearsal period Mareike devised a performance with members of the transgender community. The performers were bringing in their own ideas and stories and based on those created play and characters. It became apparent very early on that the focus would be on the kind of double life most of them were forced to lead by society, hence hiding part of their identy. There are only few safe place for them to be the person they are. So a story was created around this theme.
The world has forgotten about the gods that once created the earth, changed gender fluidly and advocated free love. Pushed out of society, they now have to live the life of hetero-normative mortals, suppressing their real identity. Only a small group of the goddesses and gods of the night have not given up: Nyx the goddess of the night and her friends. During the day they have to hide their goddess and god personality. At night, a small nightclub has become their last refuge. Here they can live out their real selves and meet far away from the pressure of society. The goddesses and gods are looking for support and allies and are inviting the audience to become members of this secret club.
Concept and direction: Mareike Wenzel
Sound installation: Ika Jojua/AGHNIE, Ana Jikia