Rhythms of Georgia – 926 sketches of Georgian dance in one animation
12 November, 2016
A 26-year-old Georgian graphic designer and illustrator Nuki Totosashvili has created animation with elements from Georgian national dance and her work received a very positive feedback.

“I have been drawing since very early childhood. I studied at Elene Akhvlediani children’s gallery and took part in various exhibitions as well as competitions when I was a child. In 2011 I graduated from Media Art department of Tbilisi State Academy of Arts and later went to France to improve my knowledge and learn
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fresco-mosaics at one of the most prestigious institutions in Paris – ENSAAMA. Currently I still reside in Paris and stuty at ESAM Design school,” Nuki Totosashvili tells Georgian Journal.

She says this particular animation is one of her projects that she presented before French jury and it received quite positive feedback.

“I was supposed to make a one-minute animation and it was by coincidence that I saw Zekari performed by Sukhishvili national ensemble. I decided to take this subject as the main inspiration. Then I decided that my project would be not only the proof of my competence but also an opportunity to popularize my country and its culture in France. So I began to look for other videos and make a medley using main elements of Georgian dance. I wanted my project to represent what Georgian dance is about – the femininity of a woman and the energetic and powerful character of a man’.

She used 926 sketches for her animation and each of them is quite individual, with its own life. They wear costumes of different colors and forms and all this creates a unique wholeness.

Nuki was working for 2 months and a half and this is her first animation, a kind of experimental project. She says she could not imagine it would be so difficult to do. However, at the same time, the process was very enjoyable.
“I think this is the first time in Georgia that someone made this kind of animation, using the elements of Georgian dance. That is why for me it is very important what Georgians will think about it. So I decided to publish my work on my Facebook page called Nuki’s Art. I hope many people will see it and share their thoughts,” Nuki says.

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