Georgia’s avant-garde ballet premiers at Rustaveli Theatre
Author: By Kate Lekishvili
People within the arts community say that while minimalism and various kinds of modern aspects have already seeped into the different fields of contemporary Georgian art, the ballet has maintained its traditional character for a long time and it’s only now that it has started to develop in a more modern way. Georgia’s ballet lovers will soon have the chance to enjoy these so-called avant-garde modern progressions, as on July 9 and 10 the Rustaveli Theatre will host a new ballet performance of Acharpani.
The story began about a year ago, when Mariam Aleksidze, a young Georgian ballet dancer became inspired to create a play where she would be able to combine Georgian folk, ballet and modern dance in a single performance.
In an interview with Georgia Today, Aleksidze said that she was collecting documentary materials about the Abkhaz culture over about a year. “I found a very interesting legend about the archarpani - an Abkhaz musical instrument that is very similar to the Georgian pipe - the legend was so nice and archaic, that it became the source of my inspiration”, she explained.
According to Aleksidze and with the help of modern art methods, the performance will feature interesting and impressive images of Georgian nature, culture, everyday life and spiritual life.