State Ballet of Georgia to tour Italy
On April 28 the State Ballet of Georgia, under the directorship of Nina Ananiashvili, will set off to Italy for what will be the second SBG tour to the country this year. This time performances – featuring ballets Serenade, Duo Concertant and Mozartiana by George Balanchine - will be presented in Legnago and Gorizia. The principal roles will be performed by the prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili and soloists of the company. The company will return to Tbilisi on May 5.
State Ballet of Georgia to tour Italy
Upon returning from the tour to Taiwan the State Ballet of Georgia will embark on tour to Italy on March 18. The performances will be presented in southern Italy city of Catania, at the Teatro Massimo Bellini. The program includes 7 productions - ballets by Sir Frederick Ashton (Birthday Offering, Marguerite and Armand, pas de deux Thais, Sylvia, Voices of Spring, La Chatte). David Mukeria will be conductor for the performances, and Nina Ananiashvili will perform the leading role in Marguerite and Armand. The tour is carried out with an invitation by the Teatro Massimo Bellini. The company will return to Tbilisi on March 28.
Before the tour commences, artistic director Nina Ananiashvili will be awarded the Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity at the Embassy of Italian Republic to Georgia. The famous Prima Ballerina has been awarded with this prize by the President of the Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano, for remarkable achievements in fields of art and culture, as well as for significant share in developing relations and friendship between the nations.
Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre Ballet Company sets off to tour Taiwan
February 22 the Ballet Company sets off to tour Taiwan under the directorship of Nina Ananiashvili. The Company will present two classical ballets – “Giselle” by A. Adan and “Swan Lake” by P. Tchaikovsky. The leading roles of the ballets, along with the Company soloists, will be performed by the Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili. Dancing with the Georgian Company will be the Principal dancer of the Royal Ballet of Covent Garden David Makhateli and Soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow Karim Abdullin. Performances of the world ballet stars along our dancers has become a tradition.
The tour will visit several cities of Taiwan: Taoyuan, Taipei and Yunlin. During the tour will be presented 9 performances. The Ballet Company will return to Tbilisi on March 14.
Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre ballet company sets off to tour Tallinn
February 9 and 10 will see the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre ballet company hold touring performances at the NOKIA Concert Hall in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia. The company will present a mixed bill including ballets and miniatures by George Balanchine (Mozartiana, Duo Concertant, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Tarantella), Jirí Kylián (Sechs Tänze, Falling Angels), Yuri Possokhov (Sagalobeli) and Alexei Ratmansky (Charms of Mannerism). The audience will see the Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili perform in Charms of Mannerism by Ratmansky.
The tour is held with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia.
Vakhtang Chabukiani -100
October 20-24, 2010 in Tbilisi marks 100 years since the birth of Vakhtang Chabukiani. The anniversary of the uncomparable dancer, great choreographer and founder of the Georgian ballet was included last year by UNESCO in the list of events celebrated by its member states.
The main events of the Vakhtang Chabukiani Anniversary Days will be two ballet shows and an anniversary gala-concert.
A. Krein. Laurencia. Ballet in two acts
Laurencia – Lali Kandelaki
Frondoso – Vasil Akhmeteli
Rustaveli Theatre. Beginning at 19.00
L. Minkus. Don Quixote. Ballet in three acts
Kitri – Anastasia Stashkevich (Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow)
Basilio – Vyacheslav Lopatin (Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow)
Rustaveli Theatre. Beginning at 19.00
Gala concert dedicated to the 100 years anniversary of the birth of Vakhtang Chabukiani.
Tbilisi Concert Hall. Beginning at 19.00
The event will feature international ballet stars from the American Ballet Theatre (Angel Corella, Carmen Corella), Royal Ballet of Covent Garden (Tamara Rojo, David Makhateli), Mariinsky Theatre of St. Petersburg (Irma Nioradze, Igor Zelensky, Andrei Yermakov), Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow (Anastasia Stashkevich, Vyacheslav Lopatin), English National Ballet (Elena Glurjidze, Arionel Vargas), Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre (Natalia Somova, Semyon Chudin), Chelyabinsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Alexander Tsvariani)
The gala program includes pas de deux from classical ballets (Swan Lake, Manon, La Bayadere, La Esmeralda), as well as choreographic miniatures and fragments from ballets by George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, Maria Pages, Stanton Welch, Kenneth MacMillan. The gala will feature pas de action from A. Krein's Laurencia (choreography by Vakhtang Chabukiani); reconstructed for the event will be the adagio from the first Georgian ballet The Heart of the Mountains (choreography by Vakhtang Chabukiani). The same ballet features the Khorumi reconstructed in collaboration with the Rustavi state ensemble.
On October 24 the Vakhtang Chabukiani and the Georgian Ballet photo exhibition will take place at the Tbilisi Concert Hall.
Press Department of the Ballet Company
The New Ballet Season Opens on September 17
On September 17, 2010, at the Tbilisi Art Hall (26, Tsotne Dadiani Street) the new ballet season of the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Theatre will be opened. The Ballet Company (Artistic Director Nina Ananiashvili) will present a two-act program at the gala concert to mark the event.
During the concert featuring the leading soloists and corps de ballet of the troupe, fragments from the classical ballets Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Giselle, as well as choreographic miniatures by George Balanchine, Sir Frederick Ashton, Giorgi Aleksidze and Yuri Possokhov will be performed.
As it has become customary, the new season will be opened by the Friends of Georgian Ballet as well, currently headed by Mrs. Elvira Pietraroia Sandalli, the spouse of the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Italy to Georgia. The pupils of the V. Chabukiani Choreographic School will be awarded the scholarships.
The gala concert is presented with the support of the Tbilisi Art Hall. The opening of the ballet season is the first major event at this newly opened cultural spot.
Tbilisi Art Hall (Nadzaladevi; 26, Tsotne Dadiani Street)
On June 9 the Ballet Company travels to the United States of America
On June 7 at 19:45, at the Shota Rustaveli State Drama Theatre, the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre Ballet Company will present the gala concert marking the closing of the season. Taking part in the concert will be Nina Ananiashvili - the Artistic Director of the Company and the Prima Ballerina, the Soloists and actors of the Ballet Company.
On June 9, the Ballet Company embarks on a three week-long tour to the United States of America, to take part in the Spoleto and Jacob's Pillow festivals. In the USA the Company will present Giselle by A. Adam, several pas de deux by Sir Frederick Ashton, Duo Concertante by George Balanchine, Bizet Variations by Alexei Ratmansky and Falling Angels by Jirí Kylián.
This is the program that will be presented on the gala concert.
Point of contact: Tamar Modebadze. +99577140008
Ballet Company of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre Sets Off to the Tour of Japan
The Company will experience its second tour to the country of the rising sun under the directorship of Nina Ananiashvili, starting on February 24 in Nagoya and rounding off on March 14 in Tokyo.
The tour was planned back in 2007, during the first successful trip to Japan. This time the program holds two classical ballets – Giselle by A. Adan and Romeo and Juliet by S. Prokofiev. The leading roles of the ballets, along with the Company soloists, will be performed by the Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili. Dancing with the Georgian Company will be the Principal of the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow Andrei Uvarov. Performances of the world ballet stars along our dancers has become a tradition. During the 2007 tour, ABT Principal Angel Corella and Andrei Uvarov performed in our shows.
The tour will visit several cities of Japan: Nagoya, Hamamatsu, Otsu, Nishinomiya and Tokyo. In the capital city the Company will be performing at the prestigious Bunka Kaikan and U-Port 4.000-seater halls.
The Ballet Company will leave Tbilisi on February 20.
The UNESCO celebrates 100th Anniversary of the birth of Vakhtang Chabukiani
UNESCO General Conference 35 C has approved the list of celebration of anniversaries in Member States in 2010-2011. Among the 63 anniversaries of worldwide importance are 150th anniversary of the birth of Vazha Pshavela (celebrated in 2011), 100th anniversary of the birth of Vakhtang Chabukiani (celebrated in 2010) and the 1000th anniversary of the commencement of construction of Svetitskhoveli Cathedral (celebrated in 2010).
The Anniversary for Vakhtang Chabukiani, the great dancer and choreographer, male dance reformer and the founder of the Georgian ballet takes place on 27 February 2010. Celebratory events connected to the Anniversary will be taking place during the year. The main events are planned for Fall 2010, as in the month of February the Ballet Company will be taking a one-month Tour to Japan.
According to the Artistic Director of the Ballet Company Ms. Nina Ananiashvili, the Ballet Festival dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Vakhtang Chabukiani will be held in Fall in Tbilisi. Worldwide ballet stars are already in the negotiation process regarding the participation in the Festival. In frame of the Festival, several performances from the Ballet Company repertory will be presented, featuring the ballet stars. The Festival will be rounded off by a celebratory gala concert.
"Our aim is to celebrate the Anniversary of such great artist as Vakhtang Chabukiani worldwide. The ballet world owes a lot to him. It is not known to the many that many variations and dance pieces, performed in many classical ballets on various stages, were created by him. The UNESCO decision will help us in reaching this goal. We have already been contacted by many worldwide publications, asking for materials regarding Chabukiani’s work. We are planning many important events, that will soon be unveiled to the public. One of these important events will be re-creating variations and dance pieces by his choreography, for the gala festival."
Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre Press Department of the Ballet Company
The last American season for Nina Ananiashvili
On May 18, the American Ballet Theatre opened the new spring season with the gala concert at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. The Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, who has been dancing at this theatre as the guest soloist for the last 16 years, is having the last performances at the Met. At the gala she performed in the special piece d'occasion, staged by Alexei Ratmansky for her, on waltz by Aram Khachaturyan (from the "Masquerade Suite"). The tickets for her farewell performances have been on sale since spring last year, and have been among the toughest to obtain.
In February the ABT also held performances in Washington and the Prima Ballerina appeared there too, in "Swan Lake". The Washington Post wrote: "Her brief appearance in the prologue triggered enthusiastic applause, and from that point on the evening never lost momentum."
Nina Ananiashvili will dance ten performances during her farewell season. The program includes "La Sylphide", "Giselle", "Le Corsaire", "Swan Lake" and Balanchine's "Mozartiana". Partnering her will be Angel Corella, Marcelo Gomes, Jose Manuel Carreño and Maxim Beloserkovsky.
The last ballet in which she bids her farewell to the American audience will be held on June 27 at the Metropolitan Opera House: "Swan Lake" is an important ballet for me this is the work I started performing at the Bolshoi Theatre with, and it was my first ABT ballet as well, so I have decided to close my last US season with "Swan Lake" on June 27." mentioned Nina before departing for USA. Although, this does not mean she is finishing her dancing career. New gala concerts are planned this fall in Europe where she will appear. The Prima Ballerina does not have any particular theatre in mind for constant collaboration, as she will be focusing on the new projects with the State Ballet of Georgia (two premieres are planned in autumn) and touring Japan with the company in February and March, both as the Artistic Director and the Prima Ballerina.
Press Department of the Ballet Company
On october 22, the world ballet premiere is going to take place at the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre
August Bournonville's ballet "Fom Siberia to Moscow" will be presented in Tbilisi for the first time in 105 years!
The ballet is staged by the widely known choreographers Frank Andersen, Anne Marie Vessel Schülter and Dinna Bjørn
The premiere programme consists of: The Bournonville Exhibition, the Bournonville Seminar, Meetings and the Tbilisi sightseeing
On October 22, 2009, the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre will present the world ballet premiere. The State Ballet of Georgia, under the artistic directorship of Nina Ananiashvili, will perform the two-act ballet by August Bournonville "From Siberia to Moscow" (music by Hans Christian Møller). The premiere of the Work took place in Royal Theatre in Copenhagen on November 29, 1876 and has not been staged since. Working in Tbilisi to stage the Ballet are the reconstructor of the Bournonville ballets and producer Frank Andersen, Ballet Masters Anne Marie Vessel Schlüter, Dinna Bjørn and the Assistant to the Choreographer Eva Kloborg. The design of the Ballet is prepared by David Monavardisashvili, the Costume Designer is Alexei Vasiliev.
Planned ahead of the premiere is the exhibition dedicated to the work of August Bournonville and the meetings of the balletomanes and audience with the well-known ballet critics from around the world.
The Ballet Company Administration offers the foreign visitors wishing to attend the premiere a four-day program, including the sightseeing of Tbilisi, participation in the Bournonville seminar, attending the rehearsal of the Prima Ballerina Nina Ananiashvili, reservation of the ticket for the premiere evening, and the reservation of the hotel and air tickets.
Contact persons for more information are:
The Program Manager:
Tamar Rtveliashvili - (+995 32) 999364, 877 140004
Gvantsa Badurashvili - (+995 32) 999364, 877 433443
Tornike Khomeriki - (+995 32) 983257, 899 514426
The Ballet Company goes on tour in Erevan
The State Ballet of Georgia, under the direction of Artistic Director Nina Ananiashvili, is going on tour in Erevan from March 2 to March 6, 2009 within the framework of "Georgian Season" in Armenia. On March 3 and 5 the Company is presenting the One Act Ballet Program at the A. Spendiaryan Armenian National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. On March 3 will be presented Green, SECHS TANZE (Jiri Kylian Choreography) and "Sagalobeli" (performed on the compositions of Georgian Folk Music melodies). On March 5 George Balanchine's "Serenade" and two modern ballets "Second Before Ground" and "Dreams about Japan". In tour with Ballet Company also participates the Orchestra of the Theater under the direction of the conductor David Mukeria. "Dreams about Japan" by Alexei Ratmansky will be performed under the accompaniment of Mark Pekarski Company of Percussion Instruments (Moscow).
17 September, 2008
The Ballet Company at the Edinburgh International Festival
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State Ballet of Georgia Have Been Awarded the Herald Angels Award at the Edinburgh International Festival
State Ballet of Georgia are among the Edinburgh International Festival participants marked with the Herald Angels Award. They have received the award for their performance of "Giselle" and the Mixed Bill program, although during the awards ceremony the company had left Edinburgh, so the prize was collected for them by Jonathan Mills, the Festival Director. The ceremony took place on August 16 at the Festival Theatre and provided a fitting end to the first week of Festival 08.
Recognised as an integral part of the Edinburgh festival scene since 1996, The Herald Angels Awards have been celebrating innovation and excellence across the spectrum of artistic activity from the various festivals including: The International Festival; The Fringe; The Jazz & Blues Festival and The Edinburgh International Book Festival. The awards have been bestowed upon some of the world's most illustrious names.
The Herald Angels Awards ceremonies take place in the heart of Edinburgh, every Saturday morning during August, and are a key date in the festival calendar.
Herald Angels are awarded to the best of the festival's performers, venues and backstage crew who have managed to impress The Herald's panel of arts critics.
For the past 6 years, The Herald Angel Awards have been sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, continuing their reputation as a major supporter of the arts in Scotland. This partnership between The Herald and the Bank of Scotland promises to keep the tradition of The Herald Angels alive, recognising those who play a part in delivering a memorable festival experience for us all.
27 June, 2008
Nina Ananiashvili's Farewell to Chelita
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April 20, 2008
The Ballet Company in the USA
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