The newest baby ballerina, Helene, doing splits with Nina

While overseeing State Ballet of Georgia’s exciting 2006-2007 season (see schedule; Nina on Tour with SBG), which includes company premieres of Ashton’s Two Pigeons, a revival of Chabukiani’s Laurencia, and a new work by Yuri Possokhov, Nina also is preparing to return to the stage. She will probably dance Juliet in SBG performances at the end of 2006. A couple of appearances at the Bolshoi are also planned.

She will join American Ballet Theatre at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in the spring. After the opening-night gala, her repertory will include Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake.

Starting May 30, her Georgian company tours the United States. The Bolshoi’s Sergei Filin partners Nina in three Swan Lake performances at Bard College at Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; four evenings at the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, SC; and one performance in Philadelphia, PA. The superstars also highlight SBG’s Giselles in New Haven, CT.

The company makes it final U.S. stop at the Jacob’s Pillow Festival in the Berkshires, where the program will consist of Mozartiana, Second Before the Ground and a Grand Divertissement from Don Quixote.

ABT’s Angel Corella and the Bolshoi’s Andrei Uvarov are slated to join SBG’s Japan tour (July 10-August 4), where the company will alternate performances of Swan Lake and Don Quixote.

 Watch this website for confirmed dates soon!