Georgian State Ballet captivates American audience in the USA
20 July, 2016
Georgian State Ballet captivates American audience in the USA
Nino Ananiashvili, Georgian prima ballerina and artistic director of the Tbilisi State Ballet performed for the American audience together with her troupe at the USA International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Jackson, Mississippi on July 16. By performing three ballets Marguerite and Armand by Frederick Ashton, Concerto Barocco by George Balanchine and Sagalobeli by Yuri Possokhov, the world-recognized dancer along with her ensemble marked the 30th anniversary of the 1986 edition of the American competition.

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It is noteworthy that in 1986
Ananiashvili won the City of Jackson Grand Prix Award and impressed American audience. The contest that is considered one of the elite ballet events in the world takes place in every four years in Jackson.

Nino Ananiashvili and Andris Liepa in Jackson in 1986, winning the first-ever City of Jackson Grand Prix Award

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“Tonight, we are all Georgians! Nina Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia drew the audience to their feet with their rousing conclusion to Saturday night's performance in Jackson, Mississippi. Yuri Possokhov's Sagalobeli moved all with Georgian melodies, manifested by the company's blend of artistry and energy. Just when we thought it was over, Nina captivated with her entrance in traditional Georgian costume, proudly waving the Georgian flag. Love from the audience and from the stage in equal parts! This is what the USA International Ballet Competition is all about”, - The Facebook page of USA International Ballet Competition reports.

The Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet troupe
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