Center for the Arts Welcomes the Georgian State Dance Company

Posted: November 8, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

While extremely physical and energetic, the Georgian State Dance Company also stresses elegance and serenity, imparting the essence of their beloved homeland in their various depictions of daily Georgian life. The company performs its folk-inspired program at the Concert Hall Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. An artistic discussion for ticket holders is held on the Grand Tier 45 minutes prior to the curtain.

Like many of its neighbors, Georgia is a poetic land, its traditions and history expressed in many ballads, poems, songs, and dances. These dances are divided according to origin and content into ritual, ceremonial, work, game, and comic dances. The male dancers boast a highly original technique for which they are renowned: dancing on their toes without the aid of toe shoes. One of their most memorable pieces is the powerful Khevsuruli, a punishing sword dance complete with flying sparks as the duel commences.

The company performs to live music–plaintive melodies in complicated rhythms–provided by an ensemble composed of accordions, traditional Georgian woodwinds, and percussion. The female dancers provide a steady rhythm of their own, as the tiny coins sewn onto their costumes create a delicate sound accompanying their movements.

Tickets range from $20 to $40. Children 12 and under are admitted for half price. Charge by phone at (703) 218-6500 or visit

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