“The Memorial Night” at the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet was honored by G. Balanchines nephew maestro Jarji Balanchivadze, who played on piano a medley from the works of Strauss.
2005, Moscow, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
In 2005 by invitation of the Agency for Culture and Cinematography of Russia the artistic director of “New Georgian Ballet of Tamaz Vashakidze” theatre Tamaz Vashakidze
The ballet “The Big Waltz” to the music by Johann Strauss is dedicated to George Balanchine. The choreography and production were performed by the People's Artist of Georgia, award winner of the “Chabukiani-Balanchine...” International Festival Tamaz Vashakidze. Costume designer was Anna Kalatozashvili.
Characters and performers: Artist soloist of the ballet company of the State Academic Bolshoi Theatre of Russia, award winner of an international contest Andrey Evdokimov. Muse soloist of the “Russian Ballet” Theatre, award winner of the Russian Ballet Dancing Contest Lyudmila Konovalova. Other characters were performed by artists of the “Russian Ballet” Theatre.
The video was produced in 2005 at the first performance of the ballet in the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall (Moscow).
2006, Ekaterinburg, Opera and Ballet Theatre
In 2006 the first night of the ballet “The Big Waltz” took place at the Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Scene from performance “The Big Waltz”
2012, Almaty, Opera and Ballet Theatre
In 2012 “The Big Waltz” transferred to the stage of the Kazakh State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Scene from performance in Almaty
Press about performance
The students of the Vakhtang Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art School paid a tribute to the memory of George Balanchine by the performance “The Big Waltz”. The ballet composition to the music by Johann Strauss was staged by the director of the School Tamaz Vashakidze.
Before the performance the composer and pianist Jarji Balanchivadze introduced the audience to the magic world of the Vienna classic, who played medley from Strausss works.
WALTZ ABOUT WALTZ
Balanchine's creative credo — “See the music, hear the dance” — Tamaz Vashakidze, who truly “see” the music, tried to translate in “The Big waltz”.