Ensemble “Rustavi” Administration Press Release, November 18th, 2020
Connecting with the 50th anniversary of the Ensemble “Rustavi”, there has been published a very important anthology – “400 Georgian Folk Songs”.
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“Los Angeles Times”, (USA)
Luis Segal – critic.
As you know, some ensembles present their national choreography as ballet that fills folk choreography with lots of stunts. But ‘Rustavi’ is real, it’s a genuine folklore ensemble.
‘We get what we need – we attend the ‘seminar’ of Georgian folk vocal art which is presented by the male choir of the Ensemble ‘Rustavi’. They sing without accompaniment, they sing work songs, patriotic hymns, lyric ballades, comic songs, each of which requires special technique of performance…’
‘Rustavi’ satisfies the new world’s demand to ancient choral music.
The women dance as swimmingly and softly as in the air, and the men dance so swiftly on their tiptoes as they are going to fly.
Choreographer Pridon Sulaberidze shows us the stunts which inspire us with their manner, asymmetry and gesticulation which are main characteristics of the Georgians. The men’s ‘Choreographic Dictionary’ is too rich and colorful. It doesn’t need any explications… Sometimes it reminds us ballet: e.g., in ‘Mountain Suite’ the women’s costumes remind us Nizhinski’s ‘Blessed spring’.
The most important is that ‘Rustavi’ found the truth and presented it on the stage without changing its quintessence… Such result deserves inspiration.