‘My mission and goal always was to achieve success in ballet‘
20 January, 2011
‘My mission and goal always was to achieve success in ballet‘

Tata Jashi, a ballet dancer, model, painter and singer, who presented Georgia at the world beauty pageant last year in Berlin, is 19 years old.  She agreed on Georgian Journal’s request to talk about her plans and achievements.

Q: When and why did you decide to participate in a beauty contest?
A: Last year I took part in a beauty competition “the Queen of the world” which took place in Berlin and I got to the top ten, where I

took the 6th place. I decided to take part in it because I had a trauma and I couldn’t dance for a while. I’m accustomed to the active lifestyle; so I decided to use my free time and try myself in the other spheres.
Q: As far as I know, you were visiting Germany some time ago;  what were the  Competition results?
A: This year competition organizers invited top ten girls to participate in certain shows, where I performed and showed Georgian designer Patuna Bushyhead’s dresses.
Q: How did you learn to dance ballet and where do you dance now?
A: I was eight years old when I entered V.Chabukiani Choreography University. Since that time till now, my teacher Natalia Digmelashvili gives me creative advices which are important for me. I and my sister were visiting Germany on holidays and just once I trained at Friedrichstadtpalast; after that I was asked to stay there and continue dancing but I refused because I didn’t know the language. I was 13 when I received an invitation from the National Berlin Ballet School. At that time my parents didn’t allow me to accept the invitation because I was too small for the independent life, but at the age of 15, thanks to the privileges I got another invitation again: I could enter the Ernst-Busch Berlin Theatrical Institute. To refuse this kind of invitation would be a grave mistake so I moved to Germany. Soon I became a solo dancer which was followed with bigger performances at the Berlin State Opera House, Deutche Opera and tours around Europe. I had the honor to dance the main part in the ‘Serenade’ with that year’s best European dancer Marian Walter.
At the same time, I performed at the palaces where celebrities and political figures were invited - “Bundes Pressebal”, and “Bundes Presidential Amt”. Angela Merkel attended the event. It boosted my self-esteem; it was flattering for a 16-year-old girl to see so many important figures, including Angela Merkel, standing up and clapping to me for several minutes.
I wished to participate in the ballet competitions but unfortunately I had no time, so I participated only once in the Berlin International Ballet Contest “Tanzolymp”, where I won the second place and received a silver medal.
I also worked with famous German choreographer Torsten Haendlers , who personally for me staged a ballet  “Summer Night’s Dream”, where I played the main part.  This role comprised complicated ballet techniques and special artistic episodes to show my professional abilities.
Q: What do you do apart from ballet dancing?
A: I also work as a photo model; last year I became gallery Luma’s face. The gallery rates No. 11 world-wide and one of my photos is evaluated for 1500 euro.
I also participate in some movie projects because I feel kinship to this sphere as well.
I also paint and work on my vocal with Avtandil Revishvili.
In general, I don’t really know what I really want, but dancing takes the greatest place in my life because it’s already 11 years that I’m into this.
Q: Tell us something about your paintings; have you exhibited them anywhere?
A: My works are mostly paintings; I don’t like graphic art; color combinations are more interesting and satisfying for me. My works were displayed at Merab Berdzenishvili’s Culture Center “Muza”.
Q: How do you spend your free time, if you have any?
A: When I have free time I always try to spend it with my family and friends. Mostly I used to spend my free time in Germany, but because of the trauma I had to return to Georgia and cancel some of my contracts.
Now, I have already visited Germany twice on invitations and soon I’ll return there for a long time.
Q: What are your main goals and plans for the future?
A: I have graduated from the Berlin Theatrical Institute’s Theatrical-Dramatic Courses and received the Bachelor’s Degree.
I have a new contract in Hamburg starting August and I have to move there; before moving I’m trying to finish my paintings.
My mission and goal always was to achieve success in ballet, but when I came to Georgia I also realized that painting is also what I want to do; singing and painting as well – all these things make me a little confused. In the end I arrived at the decision that I’m an artist in general and all these things are the part of Art. Ballet is my favorite because of the hard work, hurts and success that is connected to this sphere of art.

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