Malkhaz Shubitidze , Tamar Tsivilashvoli, Ilia Svianaidze ,
Manuchar Khubulava, Teona Gocholeaishvili, Irakli Tsaava .
Dancing Crane company
by R. Pikser
of Russia, north of Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, and on the eastern coast
of the Black Sea, this Caucasian nation was a part of the Russian empire, then
of the Soviet Union, and now is again an independent country. Georgia is
mountainous. The balance and the strength of the legs and thighs required by
the horsemanship for which the men are noted is seen in the sharp, clean
movements, leaps, turns, and walking on the toes of their dances. The women’s
movements are reminiscent of the east, with gliding movements across the floor,
gentle arm gestures with the hands at times hidden in the flowing sleeves seen
in Chinese paintings.
particular performance seemed to be a celebration of the work of the Georgian
Cultural Center; it presented alternations of dance, much of which was
spectacular, and mostly a Capella group singing by men, with one a vocal
selection by boys and girls, and another by two women, assisted by the
encouraging chorus master, Lexo Goderdzishvili, who clearly enjoys his music
and his singers.
this performance was geared towards the Georgian community, with family members
warmly supporting the performers and places of honor in the audience reserved
for members of the Georgian consulate, the dancing especially is well worth
seeing by anyone who loves dance. The dancers were brilliant, energetic, and
clean in their execution. Their vitality made us fall in love with them and
reminded us why people dance and why people go to see dance: It is the essence
of aliveness and gives us a glimpse of what it means to go beyond ourselves and
approach the ecstatic.
Crane Georgian Cultural Center
Sirelson 914 522 3888