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Euronews publishes yet another article about Georgian National Ballet
19 June, 2018
Georgian National Ballet Sukhishvili was established in 1945 by Iliko Sukhishvili and Nino Ramishvili. Since then, the name of Sukhishvili has become famous in nearly every part of the world – they hold concerts in different countries and every time spectators are thrilled and excited.

Sukhishvili Ballet went through Soviet Union, Cold war and overcome the collapse of the Union, but managed to maintain their prestige and name.
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Dance including elements of fencing is one of the most spectacular

This time,
Euronews arts editor Wolfgang Spindler has visited Georgia, Tbilisi to find out more about Sukhishvili Ballet. “Their show brings together traditional Georgian Folk dance, classical ballet and modern dance elements” – says the article.
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Men and women perform one of the dances called Adjaruli (connected with Adjaria)

Wolfgang Spindler has spoken with heads of Shukhishvili. “Today it is the grandchildren who carry the torch. Iliko Sukhishvili is the Artistic Director and Choreographer-in-Chief and his sister Nino is Director General and Costume designer” – he says.
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Some dances are only performed by men, like Svanuri (connected to Svaneti)

"You can see during our show the customs, habits, traditions and history of the country. Its all reflected in the dance and movements and Georgian dance is very popular in our country. Actually I don’t know another country in the world where the folk dance is so popular as in my country," says Nino.
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And some dances are only performed by women, like Samaia, dance of queens

Wolfgang Spindler has also spoken with professional dancers. He took an interview from David Chanishvili who is a dancer for over 8 years and trains every day for around six hours before performing on stage in the evening.
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Men and women together dancing Mtiuluri, a dance connected with Georgia's mountain regions

"It is very specific to Georgian dance; our male dancers dance on their toes, and they have nothing inside, no protection. It's not like ballet block shoes with points, it's just thin leather boots and they dance on the toes, that’s very difficult."
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Some dances include parts performed by one, solo dancer

Wolfgang Spindler admits, that only when one tries some of the movements by themselves, they get an idea of how difficult it is to overcome gravity with elegance.

“The ballet integrates traditional dances and costumes from different social backgrounds, and from various regions of the country” – says the article.

Some dances from the mountain regions look like real battles or competitions of bravery and courage.
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Georgian dances require flexibility and takes huge energy

Watch Euronews video about Georgian dances here

Photo courtesy: intlconcerts.org

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