NINA AND THE STATE BALLET OF GEORGIA
News about State Ballet of
In a recent
conversation with Nina, she was happy to report that SBG is developing in great strides
and she is particularly proud of the progress made by the corps de ballet. (See extract
from an article on the performing arts in
has already presented premieres of contemporary works, as well as a full-scaled staging of
Grigorovichs The Nutcracker during the
Christmas holidays. Currently SBG is showing off its corps in a new production of
In this four-act version, designed by Vyacheslav Okunev, Act I starts in a rehearsal studio, with the Dancer playing Prince Siegfried being criticized by the Artistic Director and being left alone to contemplate his role. The scene changes and the ballet proper---with all of Petipas original choreography intact, including the Polonaise and the pas de trois---commences.
Act II is pure Ivanov, as Act III is all Petipa once more. Act IV highlights the dancing of the corps de ballet, with Odette only appearing at the end---when the setting has reverted to the rehearsal studio---and the Prince/Dancer sees her reflected in the mirror of his imagination.
The first night honors (March 16) went to SBGs Lali Kandelaki and Irakli Bakhtadze. Two other pairings included Bolshoi guest stars Nadezdha Gracheva and Andrei Uvarov plus SBGs Anna Muradeli and David Khozashvili.
The company will present a new Don Quixote at the end of April, with Fadeyechev again working with Okunev on the staging.
In May, the company presents an all-Balanchine program consisting of Serenade, Apollo and Western Symphony. (N.B. for those who are concerned about Sergei Filins recent injury---he is expected to recover in time to dance Apollo.) NYCB veterans Maria Calegari and Bart Cook are staging these masterpieces by the Georgian choreographic giant.
The season will close with Ashtons La Fille Mal Gardée.
Plans for the 2005-2006, starting in September include a premiere of Trey McIntyres Midsummer Nights Dream, paired with Ratmanskys Leah and possibly Rudi van Dantzigs Four Last Songs. Lavrovskys Romeo and Juliet will be staged in December.
Chronology of SBG Presentations by Opening Dates:
Before the Ground/Dreams About
Jan. 8, 2005 Grigorovichs The Nutcracker
April 25, 2005* New Don Quixote
May 19, 2005 All-Balanchine program
June 30, 2005 Ashtons La Fille Mal Gardée
September, 2005 New Midsummer Nights Dream/Leah/Four Last Songs**
December, 2005 Lavrovskys Romeo and Juliet
*tentative date **tentative repertory