THE LATEST FROM NINA, October 20, 2004

With Nina on board as Artistic Director, the State Ballet of Georgia (not to be confused with the Georgian National Ballet, which is a folk dance group) has suddenly taken on new life. A fresh administrative staff is now in place, and everything from posters to souvenir programs are getting revamped by graphic artists invited to give the company a contemporary profile.

The eighty-six dancers now comprising the troupe have been working with new teachers and coaches, preparing for an exciting and challenging season, which opens in November. Georgian dancers who have established careers outside the country are reportedly eager to guest with the company. As well, Nina’s colleagues from the Bolshoi and other companies are welcoming opportunities to dance with or otherwise assist SBG.

Nina has chosen not to dance in the opening program so that the newly revitalized company itself can be the highlight of the event.

The 2004-2005 season has been announced: Check back later for further dates:

November 6 --- Opening Night
Green (Welch), Second Before the Ground (McIntyre), Dreams About Japan (Ratmansky)

December 18 --- Premiere of new production of
Swan Lake, with Nina.  Possible partners are Sergei Filin, Andrei Uvarov, Nikolai Tsiskaridze

This new production of the Petipa/Ivanov masterpiece will be staged by Nina and Alexei Fadeyechev, who are promising a version preserving as much of the original choreography as possible---no jester (Hurrah!!!) The scenery and costumes will be by a young Georgian artist.

March --- New Production of Don Quixote by Nina and

May --- First-ever company production of Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardée, to be staged by Alexander Grant

June --- All Balanchine Program: Serenade, Apollo (the original version) and Western Symphony

Planning for the 2006 season is already well underway, with NBG appearances abroad on the slate.

Nota Bene: It is possible to get to Tbilisi via London (British Airways) or Amsterdam (KLM), thus avoiding Moscow and the hassle of getting a Russian visa.  For U.S. citizens, a Georgian visa can be obtained at the airport on landing and costs about $10.00. And the Georgian winter is much much milder…