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Davluri is an elegant dance performed by pairs of men and women. It portrays the city aristocracy, in a dance reminiscent of the minuet of the European courts.


Kartuli is the quintessential Georgian dance. It is the one dance which has not been choreographed for the stage but is danced according to very definite rules of sequence and relation between the man and the woman. It consists of 5 sections where the man invites the woman to join him, the dance together, the solo dance of the man, the solo dance of the woman and the conclusion as they move together. The dance expresses chivalry between Georgian men and women. The man shows a most respectful attitude towards the woman. It is characterized by keeping the upper body very still. Kartuli is governed by very strict rules the man must not touch the woman, not even with his coat.


An oriental dance performed in the Georgian style-representing the hunt for the magic doe.


This graceful dance is based on Ossetian wedding dances. Three couples demonstrate the virtuoso styling of these dances, with men performing the traditional men's dance on the toes. The long sleeves of the men indicate the respect and restraint shown by the men towards the women.


The mountain region of Svaneti has its own language and is culturally separate from the other regions to the east. Common to the mountain regions the men dance with vigor, with special techniques on the toes.


A dance of the women, danced at festive gatherings.


A powerful dance from the mountain region of Kasbegi. Each dancer shows his best.

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The women in the high mountain regions dance with a much more active style than in the other regions of Georgia. With grace and vigor each dancer shows her skill.


A warrior dance from the far northeastern region of Khevsureti. A girl enters, looking for her beloved. He appears only to encounter others, precipitating an energetic battle with sword and shield. When the girl throws down her headress, the men must stop according to tradition, only to renew their battle soon after.


Dances from Adjaria and neighboring regions in south-western Georgia, along the Turkish border. This group of dances is a snapshot of Georgian history and spirit. Partsa is an ancient dance, popular at village festivities. It is a vibrant dance which brings joy into the town.


Typical dances from the Adjaria region, they are done at festive occasions, and always with both men and women. The Gandagan is a couple dance which is central to the performance. The dance is striking in the contrast of the strong active movements of the men against the light undulating movements of the women. The interaction is free and open, even frivolous and flirtatious.


Khorumi is an ancient war dance. It has dance postures thought to date back thousands of years. It traditionally has four parts, two of which are represented: the scouting party and the approach of the enemy. Khorumi expresses the infinite strength of character of the Georgian people.


A kinto in the old city of Tbilisi was a street merchant. But not just a businessman as we might think of them. He was a character such as might step out of a novel of the old world. He was creative, quick and humorous, always ready for a clever act. As a customer chose goods, the kinto took a silk shawl from his silver belt and used it as a kind of balance. In this dance there is an oriental sense of rhythm, extravagant dance steps and humorous and playful gestures. We find a delightful blend of slapstick and virtuosity in this colorful dance.


Samaya, a dance for three women, originally considered to be from the pre-christian era, celebrates a wedding feast. The dance honors King Tamar, the woman king of Georgia's golden age in the 12th-13th Centuries. The women are thought to represent the three muses of Art, Poetry and Music as shown in an ancient fresco in a famous cathedral in Mtskheta. The choreography is both monumental and subdued. The dancers' hands silently express the ultimate fluidity found in the three faces.


A women's dance with water jugs (kokebi) - the women go to the stream to carry water.


Dances from the Mtiuleti Mountains. The men use very strong, sharp movements. The women too are strong and agile. With haunting melodies and pulsing rhythms, these will not be soon forgotten.

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