In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people how they would spend a perfect day in D.C.
After fleeing civil unrest in their hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili came to D.C. and formed Synetic Theater, a physical-theater troupe that draws on Paata’s training as an actor and Irina’s background in ballet. In 2002, Synetic staged its first production, a wordless version of one of Shakespeare’s greatest works. “Hamlet … the rest is silence” was such a huge hit, no one could stop talking about it. Since then, the Tsikurishvilis have produced more than 75 plays. The married couple now live happily ever after in Gainesville, Va., but, as you can see from their D.C. dream day, they still miss the tastes of their homeland.
Paata: If I have a day off, I get up early to fish. We have a lake near our house — Lake Manassas — and there is a lot of park area around here. Where Seneca [Creek] is hitting the Potomac River — in that corner, that’s a good spot for outdoor activities, fishing, picnicking. You can catch the fish and cook it right away.
Irina: I like to walk and hike along the river with the dogs. We have two Doberman pinschers, Max and Maka. I used to love to walk with them for hours and hours down the Billy Goat Trail when we lived in Maryland.
Paata: Maybe if we have a day off, we go to the museums. It’s on my list to go see the newly built National Museum of African American History and Culture. Shame on me, I don’t get a chance to see it yet, but it’s definitely on my list. I’ve heard so many good things.
Irina: I’d go to The Phillips Collection and see what new exhibit is there.
Paata: I’d go see some theater. Lately, I am most interested in new theaters and new works and out-of-the-box kind of experimental theater, such as Pointless Theatre Co.
Irina: My favorite is the Kennedy Center, because that’s the best place to see international art. I saw a Japanese theater company there, Sankai Juku. It was a long time ago and their performance stays in my head still. I’d like to go to a physical-theater festival, with Familie Flöz from Germany and the Momix dance company.
Paata: I second all of these. I’d also like to see Sukhishvili; they are a Georgian folk dance company that’s been around nearly 100 years. It lifts you up so much. It’s very exotic, very powerful, and they put onstage no less than 40 dancers. It’s monumental. It’s huge. And it’s on fire.
Paata: We’d have dinner at Supra. It’s D.C.’s first Georgian restaurant — it was recently opened on 11th Street NW. This is the closest taste of my homeland. There’s a huge range of Georgian wine. And the food is amazing there — it’s very authentic.
Irina: My favorite food there is this dumpling — it’s called khinkali. My next favorite is Georgian pizza — it’s called ajaruli. It’s in the shape of a bowl with a lot of cheese, and on top there’s an egg. My favorite wine is the Kindzmarauli. This is a semi-sweet ...
Paata: Semi-dry, actually.
Irina: It’s a wine that’s a little bit of sweet, but in the end it’s dry so it goes well with meat.