Contemporary ballet

Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet kicks off a new season with a premiere

A program of ballet miniatures and the premiere of a work based on music by the late composer Giya Kancheli will open Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet’s new season this month, as the troupe sets out to incorporate experiences of lockdown into their new creations.

The season will open with an impromptu stage in the inner courtyard of the Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia, a downtown Tbilisi venue of the Georgian National Museums Network, set up to accommodate social distancing recommendations issued for institutions. culture amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The partnership between the contemporary dance company and GNM will revolve around the creation of Psalma 1993 work by Kancheli, an internationally renowned composer who died last October.

A preview of the troupe’s season-opening show said the work illustrated a convergence of the artistic work of Kancheli and Giorgi Aleksidze, a choreographer who led the troupe of the State Opera and Ballet Theater of Tbilisi in the 1990s and is known for his work on chamber productions. for the dancers of the state company.

Aleksidze’s plot is based on an expression of the duality of the human soul through plasticity, while Kancheli’s score establishes two positions – harmonic and disharmonic – for the perception of life” – Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet

The emphasis on the works of Aleksidze is a usual element for the contemporary business, led by the late choreographer’s daughter Mariam and itself named after the ballet master. The young artistic director and company also staged a number of pandemic lockdown productions earlier this year.

The staging will herald an emphasis on “precision and complexity” in choreography throughout the new season, the company’s statement also said. The staging teams will work to bring novelties in the traditional constraints between the roles of the dancers and their audience, the limits of the stage and the “relationship between movement and beauty”.

The production dates for the new season – the fifth for the group created in 2016 – will be announced by the troupe according to a rolling schedule, due to the constraints linked to the pandemic.