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Ilia Tavberidze

Ilia Tavberidze (ილია თავბერიძე) is a journalist and author of the books: "Prominent 19th Century Georgian Figures and Church Canticles," "Antiquities of Jumati Monastery," "Man of God – Ekvtime Takaishvili," and "Holy Bishop - Gabriel Kikodze”, as well as being the founder and editor of the series: "Publications from the History of the Material and Spiritual Heritage of Guria." In 2006, the Tbilisi State Opera and Ballet Theater began publishing the magazine “Arabesque,” and Ilia Tavberidze was invited to be its chief editor. His articles on the art of ballet have been published in various publications. 

As part of a UNESCO project, on the 100th anniversary of Vakhtang Chabukiani in 2010, Tavberidze published an album dedicated to the legendary dancer and choreographer's creative work. In 2012, to mark the 30th anniversary of Nina Ananiashvili's stage career, he edited the book “Nina Ananiashvili.” Since 2009 he has been editor of the cultural section of the Georgian Public Broadcaster's News Department, and author of the “Radio Calendar” program at Georgian Radio.

Articles

03/03/2024

ORIGINS OF GEORGIAN BALLET

The main square of the Georgian capital, now referred to as the Freedom Square, has been the center-stage for major dramatic events from the recent history. Back when the Russian 11th Red Army Corps staged a parade to celebrate invasion of Georgia, the square looked completely different—with merchant Tamamshev’s caravanserai at its center. On April 12, 1851, this Mauritanian-style building became home to the first opera house in the Caucasus.

03/03/2024

VAKHTANG CHABUKIANI- FOUNDER OF GEORGIAN CLASSIC BALLET

Chabukiani was nine years old when he was asked to bring Christmas tree decorations from the Chevalier art workshop to Maria Perini’s ballet studio. At that time, he did not even have a primary education.

03/03/2024

GEORGE BALANCHINE

In the 1950s, an interview with George Balanchine was printed in one of the issues of the magazine ‘America,’ which was published in Russian language for Soviet readers. Among those who read it was his brother, the composer Andria Balanchivadze.

03/03/2024

GEORGIAN BALLET NOWADAYS

It is now the 18th season that prima ballerina Nino Ananiashvili has been head of the ballet troupe of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre.

03/03/2024

THE ANCIENT ENAMEL MEDALLIONS OF JUMATI MONASTERY

The history of Georgian antiquities that are kept in various museums around the world is fascinating. It is mostly connected with the period when Russia abolished the autocephaly of the Georgian Church. The stolen treasure was worth tens of millions of rubles. Among other items, the enamel medallions stolen from the Jumati Monastery icons have a particular aesthetic value.

03/03/2024

GIORGI ALEKSIDZE

The very first of Giorgi Aleksidze's performances with the Chamber Ballet already involved daring statements, inappropriate and bold steps that were incompatible with Soviet ideology. Through Chamber Ballet, the innovative choreographer Giorgi Aleksidze offered a new style and form.

03/03/2024

THE HISTORY OF RECORDING AND PRINTING GEORGIAN CHANTS AS SHEET MUSIC

Filimon agreed: "They came, they sang, I converted the chants into notes; I sang, and I also played the chants on the piano. Then they became convinced that Georgian chants could be transcribed into notes," was how he recalled the story of that first meeting, news of which spread rapidly throughout Georgia.

03/03/2024

THE ADVENTURE OF EKVTIME TAKAISHVILI AND THE NATIONAL TREASURE

Ivane Javakhishvili, the rector of Tbilisi University, had stated his viewpoint about such an evasive measure in mid-February, and Ekvtime Takaishvili, his friend and the university’s founder, echoed it: "If the treasure is not hidden, the Bolsheviks will steal everything; we know very well what they did to Georgian churches."

03/03/2024

MARIAM ALEKSIDZE AND TBILISI CONTEMPORARY BALLET

Mariam Aleksidze was a soloist of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theater troupe when she presented her first one-act ballet premiere to the audience. Afterwards, we spoke about the notion of the choreographer, her visions for the future, the possibilities of chamber ballet development in Tbilisi, and of course about her father – the prominent choreographer Giorgi Aleksidze, to whom the novice choreographer’s first staged ballet was dedicated. Mariam said that while her father was still alive, she promised to follow in his footsteps.

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