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GEORGIAN DANCE SHINES AT MILLENNIUM THEATER

June 13th, 2011 · No Comments · Social Commentary

Pesvebi (“Roots” in Georgian) is an incredible show that features a multi-talented cast of dancers, singers and musicians. Once a year, Pesvebi Director Shorena Barbakadze puts together a show that gets better and better. There are rumors about this show moving to perhaps off-Broadway which would be a huge and welcomed addition to the Theater Universe.

Pesvebi - Georgian Dance at Millennium Theater June 12 Photo Blog

Pesvebi - Georgian Dance at Millennium Theater June 12 Photo Blog

Here is some info about Pesvebi from their website.

The small country of Georgia in the heart of the Caucasus region has developed a dance tradition which rivals classic ballet in its demanding and refined technique, but which has a style all its own, containing strength, elegance and graceful movement evolved over centuries. The music, played on traditional folk instruments is based on ancient modes which help distinguish the dances as among the most beautiful in the world. The company presents dances and songs in authentic costumes from all regions of Georgia. Performers excel in the virtuoso leaps, turns and especially the traditional tseruli or mens dancing on the toes. The repertoire includes Parikaoba mountain dances with swords, the elegant Osuri court dances, the ancient Samaya women’s dance, the city dances of the Kinto and Karachokheli, the refined women’s dances with elegant hand movements including Jeirani and Mukhambazi, as well as the regional folk dances such as those from Acharia and Svaneti. Songs and music represent all traditional Georgian genres, including folk music in the various local regional styles, church songs, city songs, romances and contemporary estrada as well as songs from the Georgian classic and opera repertoire. Music is performed on traditional instruments.

Georgian theater is an old and well-established art form. It is liberally spiced with music and dance and elements drawn from regional idiosyncrasies of the Georgian people. Unlike dances and music, theater is a form that is difficult to carry to a new country. Yet it fills a need in the cultural life of Georgians that cannot be replaced. We formed the Georgian Theater of New York with professional theater artists from Georgia in response to this need.

Focus

Our aim is to bring together audiences of all types with a vivid experience of traditional culture. Our concerts, workshops and presentations give a sense of living art, engaging children and adults of all levels of cultural awareness.
Our work is based on long years of experience in our art together with an active program of Music and Dance Research, Archiving, Recording and CD Production.

As an organization we are motivated by a commitment to improve the quality of life of our society. We aim to do this through the medium of Georgian traditional performance arts.Our broad vision integrates Georgian music, dance and theater with the developing cultural life of contemporary Georgian society in New York. This means an integration of Georgian culture as a participant in the greater cultural life of New York.We aim to be a bridge between Georgian traditions and American cultural life.Georgian traditions are ancient and contain a very deep understanding of values essential to a healthy life.There are songs and melodies specific to particular rituals in life, such as weddings, funerals, births and so forth.We aim to preserve these traditional ceremonies and bring them to life, touching the deepest sensibilities of people through the beauty embodied in these traditions.

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