About Dance – Ossetian Folk Dance

The Simd is a graceful Ossetian folk dance that was popular among young people who were traditionally forbidden to meet alone or talk to each other. They were however, allowed to dance together in a formal way, without bodily contact. Long-sleeved “chokhas” for the men and long-sleeved dresses for the women enforced a no-touching rule. … Continue reading

About Dance – Ensemble Erisioni

The Ensemble Erisioni (Georgian: ერისიონი) is a renowned Georgian folk dance and music ensemble that performs national dances and songs of Georgia. Established in 1885, Erisioni was first a choir of folk song amateurs before becoming a national ensemble that performs all over the world. Erisioni’s Georgian Legend performance of dances and songs of Georgia achieved global acclaim … Continue reading

About Dance – 110th anniversary of George Balanchine

A special Gala Concert was recently held at Tbilisi Concert Hall to celebrate the 110th anniversary of George Balanchine. Balanchine (born Giorgi Balanchivadze, Georgian: გიორგი ბალანჩივაძე) was one of the 20th century’s most prolific and famous choreographers. The son of noted Georgian opera singer and composer Meliton Balanchivadze (one of the founders of the Tbilisi … Continue reading

About Culture – Ensemble Rustavi

The Georgian State Academic Folk Song and Dance Ensemble or Ensemble Rustavi was awarded the UNESCO Pacha Prize in 2001 for the safeguarding and promotion of Georgian polyphonic singing. Created in 1968 by Anzor Erkomaishvili, the Ensemble Rustavi has done much to promote Georgian folk songs and traditional dances. It has performed in over 4,000 … Continue reading

About Culture – Georgian Dance (Part 1)

Georgian dance (Georgian: ქართული ცეკვა) is a celebration of life and of Georgia’s rich and diverse culture. Each dance portrays the characteristics of the region in which it originated. The mountain dances, such as Khevsuruli or Mtiuluri, are different from valley or lowland dances — e.g. Acharuli and Davluri. The costumes are different for every dance and resemble … Continue reading