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Эмблема фестиваля

The Festival logo. Author: Zviad Tsikolia

In 2001 Tamaz Vashakidze who was director of the Tbilisi Ballet Art State School suggested to run a “Chabukiani-Balanchine...” International Ballet Art Festival. The initiative was approved by the Georgian Ministry of Culture (orders of the Minister of Culture Sesili Gogiberidze No. 3/137 and No. 3/138 from June 15, 2001), and the Festival was organized.

The co-founders of the Festival were the Georgian Ministry of Culture and the V. Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art School in the person of its Director T. Vashakidze. By order of the Minister of Culture Sesili Gogiberidze T. Vashakidze was also appointed Vice-chairman of the organizing committee of the festival and a jury member.

The author of the Festival logo was Zviad Tsikolia, and the author of the Grand Prix statuette was Gia Japaridze. The co-director and presenter of the Festival was the People’s artist of Georgia Kote Makharadze.

The first Festival was held in June 2001 and was dedicated to the 85th anniversary of the V. Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School.

Festival sponsors

  • Bank TBC (President Mamuka Khazaradze)
  • UNICEF, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund
  • AIMA-plus (Director General David Khazaradze)
  • VOULEZ-VOUS (President Gogi Kekelidze)
  • Modern Dance Theatre “NEW GEORGIAN BALLET”

Countries-participants of the Festival

  • France
  • Russia
  • Japan
  • Azerbaijan
  • Lithuania
  • Albania
  • Georgia

Video clips

Jury members:

Вера Цигнадзе, нар. арт. Грузии — председатель жюриVera Tsignadze, People's Artist of Georgia — President of the Jury
Георгий Алексидзе, нар. арт. ГрузииGeorgy Alexidze, People's Artist of Georgia
Вячеслав Гордеев, нар. арт. СССРVyacheslav Gordeev, People's Artist of the USSR
Этери Гугушвили, засл. деятель искусств ГрузииEteri Gugushvili, Merited Art Worker of Georgia
Тамаз Вашакидзе, засл. арт. ГрузииTamaz Vashakidze, People's Artist of Georgia
Zurab Kikaleishvili, People's Artist of Georgia
Мака Махарадзе, засл. арт. ГрузииMaka Makharadze, Merited Artist of Georgia
Лилиана Митаишвили, нар. арт. ГрузииLiliana Mitaishvili, People's Artist of Georgia
Ирина Джандиери, нар. арт. ГрузииIrina Jandieri, People's Artist of Georgia
Tsiskari Balanchivadze, Merited Artist of GeorgiaTsiskari Balanchivadze, Merited Artist of Georgia
Anna Tsereteli, Merited Artist of Georgia
Vitaly Akhundov, Merited Artist of Azerbaijan
Леонид Надиров, ректор Санкт-Петербургской Академии хореографииLeonid Nadirov, Rector of the St. Petersburg Ballet Art Academy

Official greetings

Министр культуры Грузии Сесили Гогиберидзе

Georgian Minister of Culture Sesili Gogiberidze
at the Festival opening

The Tbilisi Ballet Art State School named after genius creative personality Vakhtang Chabukiani is celebrating its eighty-fifth jubilee. It is remarkable, that the First “Chabukiani-Balanchine...” International Ballet Art Festival is dedicated to this event.
If we may speak today about Georgian contribution in the treasury of the world ballet, then first of all it is the merit of the Vakhtang Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School.
I’m sure that the First “Chabukiani-Balanchine...” International Ballet Art Festival will write interesting pages in the history of world arts.

Georgian Minister of Culture Sesili Gogiberidze

Министр культуры Российской Федерации М.Е. Швыдкой

Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation
M. Shvydkoy

I am happy to congratulate the remarkable team of the Vakhtang Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School with its 85th anniversary. The name of the great dancer that your School has is much obliging. And it’s joyful to realize that due to everyday efforts of the teachers the glory of Georgian choreography art does not fade away still nowadays.
Your students shine not only on Georgian stage, but on many famed stages of the world, including the stages of the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia and Mariinsky Theatre.
I wish you much success in this noble field. Today is your holiday. I am sure that the First “Chabukiani-Balanchine...” International Ballet Art Festival held in Tbilisi and dedicated to this memorable anniversary will bring you real joy of meeting with fine art.

Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation M. Shvydkoy