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Vakhtang Chabukiani - The Wizard of Dance

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Uploaded on Mar 14, 2010

Vakhtang Chabukiani - excerpts from film Documentary "Wizard of Dancing" by Kote Makharadze.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vakhtang...
Special thanks to Gogi Gvakharia and his TV program "Red Zone"
Parts and Translation (Sorry, My English is very poor):
1:) Veriko Andjafaridze 0:00 :
Talks outstanding Georgian dramatic actress, Honored Artist USSR Veriko Andjafaridze. In the first years of our life, on the stage of our opera house suddenly appeared a divine boy. We fall in love with this youth and we were not letting him to go. We were calling him for encores tenfold of times, not only for applauds, because it was impossible to leave him. It's easy and the same time hard to talk about him. It's easy, because there exists one word - happiness. He gifted us happiness, we were receiving unlimited inspiration of love, we were filled with this gladness, energy, happiness, with unusual vision, and we wanted to work more, to live, to smile and laugh. I was observing him during the years, his technical experience was growing. I was looking to this dancer, his dances, his lifts .., he was flying. He was in the air, he was doing something ... as a firework, the firework that was thrown to the sky and then spreads like a sea of golden stars. This kind of impression he was leaving and I have the same emotional experience till now. But this was very long time ago .. And at the end I've heard his voice in "Othelo" ... He was creating the image of Othello with hands, feet, with wonderful body ... this head , which sits like Apollo on the shoulders, his remarkable physique, from the head to legs. I heard these monologues, which he was not pronouncing, but he was talking.. !!! He apparently had to speak , and Shakespeare gave this chance to him. He was manly dancer , real warrior, but the same time such a virtuous and noble ... And I have not felt such love from any Othello. That was exceptional impression . I was hearing his moaning, sobbing, loving explanation. I WAS HEARING everything .... I'm so thankful to him. I was dreaming to be his partner ... This would be a great happiness for me ...
2:) Natalia Dudinskaya 4:21 :
We are connected with many years of partnership of creativity, but this was not only partnership. This was the great, the real friendship. In my career the most important phenomenon became the ballet staging of Vakhtang Chabukiani "Laurencia". This was not the only landmark performance, it was one of the remarkable appearance in my life and career. This ballet is performing in our theatre till now. And our actors love to dance it and they appreciate it. I want to say, that to work with Vakhtang Chabukiani was great happiness and joy. We had many most beloved ballets and now you are watching to one of them, Bayadere. We were performing it very often. This ballet was revived by Chabukiani.
3:) Maya Plisetskaya 5:15 :
I want to talk about first visit in Moscow by Vakhtang Chabukiani after the big delay. That really was the great occasion. Nearly the whole Moscow was clung to his performances. This performance was Don Quixote, he has chosen me as a partner. I remember how he was rehearsing, how attentively he was trying to help me, he was processing almost every variation with me. This was the feeling like he was my teacher. This was wonderful. I cannot ever forget this performance. At that time I was only beginner and I think this was my first great success.
4:) Teaching 6:03 :
It was told that actor continues his life in his pupils. Vakhtang Chabukiani is trying to pass his great experience, which he has found in his interesting life to young talented generation. He became first ballet actor who was honored People's Artist of the USSR. Galina Ulanova and Vakhtang Chabukiani were the first actors who were honored Lenin Prize. He is 3 time laureate of USSR State Prize, has 3 Lenin medal and many other prizes..
There are no bounds in working day for real seeker of artistry. He will be rehearsing many times; he will find new solutions for creation of new, moving image. You are looking at him and it's very hard to believe, that he is in his 70s
5:) Laurencia 7:48
6:) Sinatle (The Shine) 8:28
7:)The Heart of the Mountains 9:38 :
Georgian folk dance of the warriors "Khorumi" from the third act, enriched by unexpected passages, chords and cascades of ballet steps, had been ending with a fiery dance "Mtiuluri (Mountain Dance)" perfoming by Chabukiani in a duet with the outstanding folk dancer, founder of National Ballet, Iliko Sukhishvili. And when the two great masters, having different plastics, crossed their arms on the stage of art, used to become the real firework of dance ... Just that dance became the first stone of building in excitable Georgian National Ballet ..

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