Georgia’s renowned dance troupe starts Ukraine tour

If you are in Ukraine, dont miss these performances. Photo by N.Alavidze/, 12 Jul 2014 - 16:37, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s famous national ballet company, Sukhishvilebi, will embark on a tour of Ukraine tomorrow.

The internationally recognized ensemble will tour Ukraine from July 13 to 23. The new avant-garde program, named Ramishvilebi, will be presented for the first time abroad.

The Ramishvilebi performances are dedicated to and named after one of the founders of the Dance Company, choreographer and dancer Nino Ramishvili.

The tour will extend to many cities of Ukraine, including Kiev, Lvov, Dnepropetrovsk, Kharkov and Odessa.

In March the company cancelled 22 concerts in Russia in protest against the Russian annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region. Sukhishvilebi said one of the reasons the company decided to premiere the ‘Ramishvilebi’ show abroad was to show support to Ukraine in its hard times.

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The internationally acclaimed folk dance company was founded in 1945. The official name of the troupe is the Georgian National Ballet but in Georgia everyone calls it Sukhishvilebi after its founder Iliko Sukhishvili. Over the years this name has become the brand name for the brilliant performances of Georgian folk dance and not only.

Last week the Georgian Ministry of Culture announced 2015 as the year of Sukhishvilebi.