Russian Diva Power

Two dancers take control of the cockpit

Yuri Possokhov, a principal dancer with the San Francisco Ballet, has delved into his own Russian background to create Sagalobeli, named for ancient Georgian folk music and played by the six members of the Sagalobeli Ensemble on traditional instruments—including nasal wooden flutes and balalaikas. To raucously robust or mournful tunes, 14 dancers let loose and attack the steps with verve. Possokhov creates the ambience of a folk celebration, with vigorous couple dances, maiden chains, circle dances, and a terrific display of male prowess. Each principal pair—Gogua and Akhmeteli, Dolidze and David Khozashvili, Anna Muradeli and Lasha Khozashvili—gets a chance to show its colors. When Dolidze dances alone, the watching men rise to support her, then pursue her as she runs off. It's that kind of party—and full of people you'd like to know.

Comic, lyrical, vicious: Pierrot Lunaire
Nina Alovert
Comic, lyrical, vicious: Pierrot Lunaire


Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion
City Center
February 21 through 24

Nina Ananiashvili and the State Ballet of Georgia
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House
February 27 through March 2

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