The word “zar” In Georgian language means “bell”, that’s why the transcription of “swanur zari” means “swanese bells”.
Zar mourning songs have existed over 2000 years, they are singed in language unknown to Swan singers, and are the oldest form of poliphonic tradition in Georgia, maybe even around the whole World. From this one word the history of our theater, measured by meetings with incredible people, has started. One of these amazing people was Islam Eptime Pilpani, who taught us Zar songs and Georgian and Swanese melodies. We met him, his family and friends during our expeditions to Georgia. He visited Wrocław many times, most recently during the VoicEncounters festival in 2016, where he and his family presented Georgian music during the concert and shared these songs with people during workshops. Eptime died at the age of 83 on the 12th of March, On the 23rd of March in Laboratory Theatre Space of the Grotowski Institute we would like to bid our farewells to this great man. It will be a meeting full of songs, stories and memories. We would like to invite you to this evening of being together.