Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet:
New dance troupe honours legacy of late choreographer

Choreographer Mariam Aleksidze (C) established the Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet. Photo from Mariam Aleksidze/Facebook.
Agenda.ge, 04 Mar 2016 - 18:10, Tbilisi,Georgia

A new contemporary ballet company has been formed in Tbilisi honouring one of the country’s most iconic late choreographers.

The idea to create the new Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet troupe became reality this week and the company’s dancers will soon perform on stages in capital Tbilisi.

The company was founded by young choreographer Mariam Aleksidze in memory of her father, celebrated late choreographer Giorgi Aleksidze who worked as Artistic Director of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre Ballet Company in the 1990s.

The new company will serve to promote contemporary classical dance, pioneered by the late choreographer in his creative work.

See scenes from the ballet Gurji Khatun by choreographer Mariam Aleksidze below:

Mariam Aleksidze, a former dancer of the Opera and Ballet State Theatre, announced the opening of her new ballet company to her social network followers on Wednesday.

She did not mention how many dancers were at the company but said the troupe would bear the name of Giorgi Aleksidze to mark his "contribution to Georgian choreography".

The company will also have its own ballet school for young dancers.

Mariam Aleksidze choreographed and staged her first full ballet production Dovin-Doven-Dovli in 2009, with more works following in 2011 to2014.

Her 2014 production Gurji Khatun, based on a novel by contemporary Georgian author Dato Turashvili, featured in the Georgian Showcase Program of the 2015 Tbilisi International Festival of Theatre.

The choreographer typically cast dancers of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre in many of her creations.