George Birkadze

George Birkadze<br /><em style=font-size:12px;>Choreographer</em>

Born December 21, 1975 in Tbilisi, Georgia. His primary dance training began at the National Academy of Dance of Tbilisi with Wahtang Chabukiany. In 1991, his was invited to attend the School of the Bolshoi Ballet under the direction of Genady Ladiah, former director of the Verse Conservatoire. In 1996, Birkadzegraduated with Honours in Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, and Traditional Dance.

Birkadze was awarded the Gold Medal in Moscow for his brilliance in World History and Literature. During his dance studies, Birkadze obtained his Diploma in Business Administration with a Master in Art Direction, and Public Relations and Marketing. Upon graduating from the School of Bolshoi Ballet, he decided to further his studies as a Pedagogy in Dance.

In September of the same year, under the direction of Ekaterina Maximova, principal ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, he entered the Kremlin Ballet with director Erick Volodin (former Director of the Bolshoi Theatre) andYuri Grigorovich (Choreographer and Director of Bolshoi Ballet).

Some of his numerous roles include: “The Jester” in Swan Lake, “Mercutio” and “The Clown” in Romeo and Juliet(choreography by Grigorovich), Nutcracker, Don Quijote, Tom Sawyer, Napoleon Bonaparte, etc. He participated in a number of Galas interpreting choreographic works by Y. Grigorovich, A. Petrov and V. Vasilievwith European success. Awarded the Silver Medal in Russia and the Bronze Medal in Luxembourg in 1996.

In October 1999, he was promoted to Principal Dancer in the Young Ballet of Catalonia, a company directed by renowned teacher Rodolfo Castellanos, principal dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba. In 2002, Birkadze created “In a Coma” for International Dancer Angel Corella that premiered at the Gala de la Hispanidad in Murcia, Spain. He was also named Artistic Director of BMK Company.

In the following years, he participated in numerous productions at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona while Teaching Advanced Technique in the most prestigious schools in the city. He continued to work with Angel Corella, creating Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, and Celaje for the tour Angel Corella and the Stars of American Ballet. In 2007, he started working in Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon as a dancer and choreographer. In 2010 joined Sarasota Ballet as a Soloist and Choreographer.

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