Georgian National Ballet cancels Russian concerts

Georgia’s National Ballet Sukhishvilebi refused to hold concert in Russia. Photo by N.Alavidze., 20 Mar 2014 - 17:50, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s National Ballet Sukhishvilebi has cancelled 22 concerts in Russia.

Director of the Ballet company Nino Sukhishvili said it was too early to think about performing in Russia and the decision was made in a bid to maintain the dignity of our country.

Despite the financial interests of the dancers, who are largely dependent on the tours, Sukhishvili said she decided herself to reject the Russian tour.

"Today I had to make a hard decision [and] refused the tour. Financially it could be a big mistake but I always listen to my intuition and act on it, and it has never disappointed me. One more thing I really care about is dignity,” Sukhishvili said.

"I believe in order to maintain the dignity of my country it is too early to go on a concert tour in Russia,” she added.

Meanwhile, earlier this month Sukhishvilebi successfully ended their lengthy tour of Ukraine with an emotional performance in support of the disrupted country.

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