Georgian State Dance Company

James Brown isn’t among these great Georgian dancers

Though the schedule might say The Georgian State Dance Company, don’t expect a hoedown or interpretative dance on the life of Jimmy Carter. This program of folk dances reflects ceremonial and comic aspects of the history of Georgia — the Eurasian country that was formerly part of the Soviet Union. “What impresses me most about this company is the sheer athleticism of the dances,” says Paul Beutel, artistic director of the Miller. “And it’s different from anything we’ve done before for sheer size alone. There are 75 dancers in this company!” Members sport colorful traditional costumes while performing solo, duo and group dances to music with tongue-tying names like the “Kazbeguri” and the “Adjaruli.” And what’s a Georgian dance party without the “Davluri-Sadarbazo”? Sadly, Georgia’s greatest dancer, the late James Brown, will not be on the bill.
Sun., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., 2007

 
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