Sagalobeli – Touching National Strings of Georgian Soul
03 May, 2012
Sagalobeli – Touching National Strings of Georgian Soul

Nina Ananiashvili performs at Tbilisi Concert Hall

On April 27, within the framework of Georgian Art Soirees, Tbilisi Concert Hall became the venue of a splendid Mixed Bill program (program of one-act ballets), starring Georgian prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvili. 

 

The 2-hour extremely colorful and diverse program was opened by the premiere called Reflections. The prima Nina Ananiashvili was sparkling as usual, partnered with a nice Belarusian performer Denis Klimuk from Minsk Opera and Ballet Theatre. Other soloists were Lali Kandelaki and

Ana Albutashvili partnered with Otar Khelashvili and David Ananeli respectively. The ballet was staged on the background of the classical music by Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No.1. Choreography belongs to Yuri Possokhov, stage and costume design by Sandra Woodall. Ballemaster-coaches – Marina Aleksidze, Anatoli Kucheruk, Nino Ochiauri.

Another part of the concert represented Sagalobeli (religious hymn). It was a ballet in one act on Georgian Folk Melodies and Music by Ioseb Kechakmadze, Revaz Laghidze, Giorgi Tsabadze and Merab Merabishvili. The solo parties were performed by pairs Lali Kandelaki – Otar Khelashvili, Nino Gogua – David Ananeli and Ekaterine Surmava – William Pratt. This was probably a particularly touching part of the whole gala, vibrating on the very national strings of Georgians’ souls. One could be most probably opt to admire exquisite costumes designed by Ana Kalatozishvili, which matched very well with divine music. The choreographic line up was enriched by the elements of Georgian folk, which gave it particular eclectics. It was a very refined mix of Duduki city-type music and classical ballet. Semi-transparent garments were furnishing dancers with a specific hue of simplicity and grace. Women were floating on the scene like Nymphs on the water surface. Choreography belonged to Mr. Possokhov again.

The third part named Western Symphony was distinguished by the fact that it consisted of four acts. It was a great gradation from Mendelssohn to Georgian classic and now – motifs of Western. Act one was danced by Nino Matiashvili and Otar Khelashvili, while in the second one our world star Nina Ananiashvili emerged again. Recently, Nina celebrated 30 years’ jubilee on stage. She looks as flake-like light and pretty as ever. Mrs. Ananiashvili danced with Denis Klimuk again and they both deserved a storm of applauses and a sea of flowers from the audience. In the third act, Shorena Khaindrava and William Silva Santos emerged on stage. The final fourth act was performed by Nino Makhashvili and Giorgi Chkhaidze. The choreographers of the third part were Bart Cook and Maria Kalegari. The last part was the most cheerful. A rich palette of dresses and cowboy-like hoods (costumes designed by Natia Sirbiladze), most joyful and lively American tunes managed to captivate and merry the whole hall. An episode of rider men and women was particularly interesting – as though riding while dancing ballet.

The main heroine and Artistic Director of the Ballet Company Nina Ananiahsvili did not forget to make a famous gesture and throw one flower out of a huge bucket to the conductor David Mukeria at the end of the performance.

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