Stage Your City

Stage Your City

Written by Lasha Bugadze, Michel Didym, Bruno Cohen, Marie Dilasser, Konstantin Küspert, Frédéric Sonntag

Stage Your City

Directed by Michel Didym
App Design, Scenography, Media and Digital Technologies: Chris Ziegler
Sound-Design: Damon Lee
Artistic collaborators: Didier Billon, Jan Gerigk, Bernd Lintermann, Lasha Kvantaliani
App Developers: Wandio Development Team 
Digital Dramaturgy: Jan Linders, Bruno Cohen, Nutsa Burjanadze, Sarah Stührenberg
Technical Coordinator: Data Dvalishvili
Creative Partner: ZKM / Center for Arts and Media, Karlsruhe

Eka Nizharadze, Nika Tavadze, Valeri Korshia, Zaza Iakashvili
Virtual Actors: Klaus Cofalka-Adami, Nato Kakhidze

Stage Your City is a project of the partner theatres Centre Dramatique National Nancy-Lorraine, Théâtre de la Manufacture (F), Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe (DE) and Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre (GE), coproduced by the European Theatre Convention (ETC) as part of the European Theatre Lab: Drama goes digital. The European Theatre Lab is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.


“Stage Your City” is merging the trends of digitisation and participatory theatre. It plays with augmented, mixed and virtual reality, 360° video, gaming elements and an app-guided audio walk. The participatory approach encourages the audience to co-create the way out of a dystopian fairy tale: In the future the city will be controlled by an artificial intelligence called Zigmagora. The participants are asked to explore their city interactively, focusing on topics like future health, security, identity – and love.



2018 – Internet, mobile and connected devices, geolocalisation: Technology creates new forms of interaction and new habits. We all experience this change, day by day. In view of the multiple disruptions in the world (economic crisis, climate change, migration and war), recently a new stage of industrialisation has unfolded, leading to a total encoding of the material and symbolic goods of human activities. This new data economy promises endless new possibilities and the reduction of global incertitude. It establishes itself like a new Eldorado. It is dominated by the giants of information that we all know.


2052 – Coming from the future, four experts tell us about the future of mankind: A calm world under control. Human activity is efficiently managed by artificial intelligence called Zigmagora. The algorithmic rationality takes care of a pleasantly regulated and soothed social life. (Moreover, a general common narrative of human history has been imposed on everybody.)

But in this dystopian world, nothing works anymore. Apart from the speed of information transmission, the accumulation of data and the controlled city that has become perfectly safe, Zigmagora is witness of a world without emotion and affect. Mission to us: recover lost emotions, values of brotherhood and traces of humanity. For this, everyone is invited to roam the city with his or her smart phone. The dilemmas are numerous. Since our emotions and feelings are linked to the choices we make in our relations to beings, things and places, will we be able to transform Zigmagora’s world, our future? And if so, in which manner?

Georgian Premiere will be held in the frames of Georgian Showcase 2018!
Duraiton: 120 minutes


Technical Remarks:
- Please download app Zigmagora from your personal devices (APP Store, Google Play)
- Please ensure to have strong local mobile data, internet connection during the city walk
- Please bring personal headphones
- Operating systems needed: Android 6 or higher / iOs 11 or higher – please update your software if necessary

- Please wear comfortable and weather appropriate clothes
- Please fully charge your phone before performance. We will provide a charging station and powerbanks, yet it is recommended to have the device charged already.
- Please be at the theatre 30 minutes prior to the show

Beginning at: 12:00 - Thursday, 27 September 
Location: Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre (Rehearsing Room)


Contact Persons:

Jan Linders

Chefdramaturg | Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe


Michel Didym

Artistic Director | Centre Dramatique National Nancy Lorrain, Théâtre de la Manufacture   


Ekaterine Mazmishvili

General Manager | Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre