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Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet marked Dante Alighieri anniversary with premiere

It’s not accidental that Giorgi Aleksidze’s Foundation for the Development of Contemporary Choreography together with Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet responded to the world celebration of the 700th anniversary of the greatest Italian poet and philosopher, Dante Alighieri. The work of Dante Alighieri covers an era of Western European development and also opens a new page of the history of mankind, which is called the Renaissance.

Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet performs ''Beatrice''

When Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet finished their performance, the audience was left with something they could remember - intelligence shown through a concept and an idea that was spontaneously abundant. 

Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet performs ''Beatrice''

The range of Tbilisi’s Contemporary Choreography gives some indication of erudition, especially when showcasing Mariam Aleksidze as the Chairman and artistic director. 

Mariam Aleksidze

One thing Mariam Aleksidze did not care to be was original. She was prepared for this from the earliest years. In 1986, when film director SergoParajanov cast the young dancer Mariam in his film ‘Ashik-Kerib’, Giorgi Aleksidze (her father) was the choreographer. She was still a pupil at school when she participated in the joint projects of the Zakaria Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre ballet company and The Three Caravels production company from Monte Carlo. 

After completing her studies at the Vakhtang Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School, in 1994 she was awarded a Prima Ballerina Natalia Makarova Scholarship to continue her education at the Swiss Ballet-Berufschule (SBBS) in Zurich. After graduating, she received an engagement at the Zurich Opera and Ballet Theatre – Opernhaus Zürich (Switzerland) under the supervision of choreographer Heinz Spoerli. In 1999-2011, Mariam Aleksidze was a soloist at the Zakaria Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre. She performed solo and lead parts in the classical, neo-classical and contemporary ballets of the company’s repertoire.

Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet performs ''Beatrice''

In 2009, Mariam Aleksidze debuted as choreographer with the ballet ‘Dovin-Doven-Dovli.’ In 2012, Mariam graduated as a choreographer from the V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire’s Higher Programme of Ballet Masters. Mariam Aleksidze is the first professional female choreographer of contemporary ballet in Georgia. 


Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet performs ''Beatrice''

Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet delivered the quotations to the best form of contemporary tricks and expressed the philosophy of the Renaissance Inspired by Dante’s “Divine Comedy.” Mariam Darchia, the principal dancer of the company, performed in the title role. The performance was executed under the supervision of Professor David Maziashvili, who created the concept and idea of the performance.


Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet performs ''Beatrice''

The performance was presented on the grand stage of Rustaveli National Theatre. The production features original music written by Academy Award, Golden Globe and multiple award-winning composer, Dario Marianelli. The score was commissioned by the Giorgi Aleksidze Foundation for Mariam Aleksidze and David Maziashvili.


Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra "Georgian Sinfonietta" for ''Beatrice''

The original score was performed live by Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra "Georgian Sinfonietta." The costumes were created by one of Georgia’s best known fashion designers – Tamuna Ingorokva. The scenography was Mariam Aleksidze’s concept – a visual installation according to Konstantine Mindadze’s paintings. The graphic design was executed by Irakli Gharibashvili. Privileged audiences have the opportunity to listen to fascinating music merged with contemporary choreography, dance techniques expressed with modern costumes. The performance was held in partnership with the Embassy of Italy in Georgia.