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Georgian State Dance Company, Sunday, 11/10

October 18, 2002
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Strength, Agility and Sheer Athleticism:
the Hallmarks of the
Georgian State Dance Company
at
George Mason University’s Center for the Arts
Sunday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.


Fairfax, Virginia, October 20, 2002—"the finest combination of force and finesse around," exclaimed the Los Angeles Times after a recent appearance by the Georgian State Dance Company. Accolades continue to pour in as the company’s tour moves closer to Fairfax ("Watching the Georgian State Dance Company perform is like being at the best party you’ve ever attended" stated the San Antonio Express-News). While extremely physical and energetic, the 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 George Mason's Center for the Arts on Sunday afternoon, November 10, at 2:00. An artistic discussion for ticket holders is held on the Hall's 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. In the new folk dances, created in the last 20 to 30 years, the female dancers have acquired more boldness and energy of movement without infringing on the traditional strictness their performances require.

Like many dance companies in the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Georgian State Dancers have their own school, where dancers with extensive training in both classical and folk dance teach the young students who enter the school at the age of seven. Because of the repertoire’s demanding energetic style, the dancers’ regimen includes weight training and a format that borders on gymnastics.
The company performs to live music – plaintive melodies in complicated rhythms –
provided by an ensemble comprised 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.
The sumptuous brocades and authentic mens’attire are the creations of the late Simon Virsaladze. Virsaladze, who was chief designer at the Kirov for 17 years, and the Bolshoi for a quarter century, is considered by many to be the foremost ballet designer of his time.

Synchronicity and passion are trademarks of this unique company’s program, filled with "technical virtuosity…and awe-inspiring dances…" (the St. Louis Post-Dispatch).


Tickets for the Georgian State Dance Company are $40-$20. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit www.tickets.com. Family Friendly! All children (12 and under) are half price! The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.