The State Ballet of Georgia
Apr 26, 2023
Concerto Barocco, George Balanchine
Mozartiana, George Balanchine
Sagalobeli, Yuri Possokhov
Following a pandemic-induced postponement, and their gorgeous Northrop Centennial Commissioned film, Northrop is pleased to present the much-anticipated return of The State Ballet of Georgia. The company has soared under the bold artistic direction of international ballet star Nina Ananiashvili (former prima ballerina with Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre) who leads these stunning dancers in a program that includes two works by the great Georgian-American, George Balanchine. Created for the company by the Ukrainian-born dancer and international choreographer, Yuri Possokhov, Sagalobeli is the rousing finale to an evening graced by the live orchestra led by Music Conductor, Gavriel Heine.
“Remarkable dancers … a ballet company unlike most others." — The Washington Post
“Presumably as a result of Ms. Ananiashvili’s training, the Georgian company bears many of her own best dance virtues. These dancers show a clean, unshowy style with none of the flamboyance or exaggerations that have characterized many Kirov and Bolshoi dancers, and plenty of technical strength. —The New York Times
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When their in-person performance of Giselle was postponed, The State Ballet of Georgia created a film specifically for Northrop audiences through the support of the Northrop Centennial Commissions program. The film features gala-style excerpts of the State Ballet of Georgia's repertoire, and interviews with Artistic Director Nina Ananiashvili and company dancers, in addition to breathtaking views of the city of Tbilisi and the State Opera and Ballet Theatre.
This program by The State Ballet of Georgia, under the stunning artistic direction of Nina Ananiashvili, includes two works by the great Georgian-American choreographer, George Balanchine—both accompanied by a live orchestra—plus the company’s signature work, Sagalobeli, a 2007 ballet choreographed to recorded Georgian folk melodies by Yuri Possokhov.
In the 1970s and ‘80s, the Soviet Union did not allow Russian dancers to travel or work outside of Russia, due to strained international relations with the West. By 1986, Nina Ananiashvili had become a principal dancer with the Russian Bolshoi Ballet, and was one of the first dancers to work outside of Russia as a cultural ambassador when the Bolshoi dancers were allowed to tour to the West.
Following a distinguished career performing with the Bolshoi Ballet, Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, New York City Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Royal Danish Ballet, and other companies, in 2004, Nina Ananiashvili became the Artistic Director of The State Ballet of Georgia.
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