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Dance Theatre 857
Tbilisi, Georgia


1.Number of the group members-32
(Group will consist of 31 people. 29 professional dancers and 3 management representatives)
2.Duration of program 1.30 hour

1 act
Partsa - 5 Minutes ( people 13 boy -9 girl)
Sameba - 4 Minutes ( people -3 girl)
Kavkaz-Dance- 9 Minutes (people 13 boy -9 girl)
Khorumi - 4 Minutes (people -4 girl)
Apaxazuri-5 Minutes (people 9 boy -9 girl)
Acharuli-4 Minutes ( people 4 boy -4 girl)
Xevi - 6 Minutes ( people 13 boy -9 girl)

2 act
Karachokheli -4 Minutes ( people 9 boy -1 girl)
Kintouri - 3 Minutes ( people 9 boy )
Kazbeguri- 4 Minutes ( people 9 boy)
Simd - 4 Minutes ( people 9 boy -9 girl)
Narnari-4 Minutes ( people 12 boy )
Kolxuri- 5 Minutes ( people 13 boy -9 girl)
Drums number- 4 Minutes( people 3 boy )
Lekuri-3 Minutes ( people 2 boy -1 girl)
Megruli -3 Minutes( people 13 boy -13 girl)
Bis- 2 Minutes ( people 13 boy -13 girl)

1. Khorumi - This war dance has originated in the region of Achara, which is located in the southwestern region of Georgia. The
dance was originally performed by only a few man. However, over time it has grown in scale. In today's version of Khorumi, thirty or
forty dancers can participate. Its strength, simple but distinctive movements and the exactness of lines create a sense of awe on stage.
The dance incorporates in itself the themes of search, war, and the celebration of victory as well as courage and glory of Georgian
soldiers. Since Georgia has seen many wars throughout its history, Khorumi is a call from the past and reminds us that in order to have
peace, we must have war.

2. Acharuli - Acharuli has also originated in the region of Achara. It is where the dance gets its name from. Acharuli is distinguished
from other dances with its colorful costumes and the playful mood that simple but definite movements of both men and women create
on stage. The dance is characterized with graceful, soft, and playful flirtation between the males and females. Unlike Kartuli, the
relationship between men and women in this dance is more informal and lighthearted. Acharuli instills the sense of happiness in both
the dancer and the audience.

3. Kazbeguri - Kazbeguri takes us to the Northern Mountains of Georgia, which is marked with a diverse culture and traditions. The
relatively cold and rough atmosphere of the mountains is shown through the vigor and the strictness of the movements. This dance is
performed by only men and portrays the toughness and endurance of the mountain people

4. Xevi - This mountain dance is probably the best representative of the Georgian spirit. It unites love, courage, and respect for
women, toughness, competition, skill, beauty, and colorfulness into one amazing performance. The dance starts out with a flirting
couple. Unexpectedly, another young men appears, also seeking the hand of the woman. A conflict breaks out and soon turns into a
vigorous fighting between the two men and their supporters. The quarrel is stopped temporarily by the woman's veil. Traditionally,
when a woman throws her head veil between two men, all disagreements and fighting halts. However, as soon as the woman leaves
the scene, the fighting continues even more vigorously. The young men from both sides attack each other with swords and shields. In
some occasions, one man has to fight off three attackers. At the end, a woman (or women) comes in and stops the fighting with her
veil once again. However, the final of the dance is "open" -meaning that the audience does not know the outcome of the fighting. As a
characteristic of Georgian dances, Khevsuruli is also very technical and requires intense practice and utmost skill in order to perform
the dance without hurting anyone.

5. Simdi - Both of these dances have their roots in Osetia - a region in Northern Georgia. They have much in common but are also
significantly different from each other. The costumes in both dances are distinguished with long sleeves. In addition, the headwear of
both the women and the men are exceptionally high. The movements in both dances are also similar. However, in Khonga men dance
on point, which is particularly difficult but is a beautiful sight. Khonga is performed by a few dancers and is characterized by the grace
and softness of the movements. On the other hand, Simdi is danced by many couples. The beauty of Simdi is in the strict graphic
outline of the dance, the contrast between black and white costumes, the softness of movements, the strictness of line formations, and
the harmony created by all of the above.

6. Kintouri - Kintouri is one of the city dances portraying the city life in old Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia. The dance takes its name
after "kintos" who were small merchants in Tbilisi. They wore black outfits with baggy pants and usually carried their goods (mostly
food) on their heads around the city. When a customer chose goods, a kinto would take the silk shawl hanging from his silver belt and
wrap the fruits and vegetables in them to weigh (Sited from The Georgian National Ballet). Kintos were known to be cunning, swift,
and informal. Such characteristics of kinto are well shown in Kintouri. The dance is light natured and fun to watch.

7. Sameba - The dance Samaia is performed by three women and originally, was considered to be a dance of Pagan times. However,
today's Samaia is a representation of King Tamar and her glory. King Tamar in many sources is mentioned as a Queen of Georgia.
However, she was considered to be the king of the United Kingdom of Georgia in 12th-13th centuries and was the first woman king in
Georgia's history. There are only four frescos that keep the much-revered image of King Tamar. Simon Virsaladze based the costumes
of Samaia on the King's clothing on those frescos. In addition, the trinity idea in the dance represents King Tamar as a young princess,
a wise mother and the powerful king. All these three images are united in one harmonious picture. Moreover, the simple but soft and
graceful movements create an atmosphere of beauty, glory and power that surrounded the King's reign.

8. Karachokheli was a city craftsman and generally wore black chokha (traditional men's wear). They were known for hard work and,
at the same time, for a carefree life. His love for life, wine (which Georgia is famous for) and beautiful women is well represented in
the dance Karachokheli.

9. Megruli ; is also a mountain dance. However, in this dance, the competition is mainly between two groups of young men. It is
more like a celebration of skill and art. At first, groups compete in performing complicated movements. Then, we see girl's dance,
which is followed by individual dancer's performance of amazing "tricks" on their knees and toes. At the end, everyone dances a
beautiful final. This dance truly reminds us of a festival in the mountains.



































































































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