The Republic of Georgia in the former Soviet Union is a mountainous region that has developed its own style of folk dancing and music through the centuries, which is carefully preserved and expressed by the Georgian State Dance Company. Each dance style portrays the life of the region in which it originated with mountain dances (Kevsuruli, Kazbeguri, or Mtiuluri, and valley dances Acharuli and Davluri) predominating with appropriate costumes to match. The genius of Georgian State Dance company founders and choreographers Nino Ramishvili and Iliko Sukhishvili is the way is which they have been able to translate what are essentially folk dances for large outdoor spaces to the stage while allowing the same freedom of movement within a confined space. The eighty dancers and musicians of the company will spotlight ceremonial, work, game and comic dances, including a sword dance, complete with flying sparks. A “fireside chat” with members of the troupe’s creative team will take place at 6pm. (Dennis Polkow)
At the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress, (312)902-1500. This production is now closed.