Georgian dance grooves

“You need to understand that in Georgia dance is religion! This is a way of life."

August 4, 2017 10:06
Georgian dance grooves

The Georgian State Ballet company will bring its highly popular Pazisi production to this year’s Karmiel Dance Festival. (photo credit: PR)


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The Karmiel Dance Festival will return next week for its 30th edition (August 7 to 10). Not bad going for any cultural enterprise in these increasingly difficult times for creative endeavor. As usual, the country’s premier dance event will proffer a wide palette of styles, colors, disciplines and ethnic flavors. Over the four days you can find Indian dance, improvisational efforts, a biblically inspired work, flamenco and a slot that marries movement with vocal expression.

The festival generally features at least one show from abroad, and this year’s offshore lineup includes a production from Georgia. The 33-strong state youth dance company will make its way over here with its wildly popular Pazisi – a.k.a. Golden Fleece – creation that fuses fast-flowing dynamics with a pungent flavor of traditional fare. The work will be presented under the aegis of artistic director Axmed Aambalia and choreographer Gigla Turkia, with the entourage headed by Prince Juan Jorge Bagration-Mukhransky.


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