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The Only Concert in NYC - State Ballet of Georgia! Buy Tickets Now! Intro Video

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts
April 01, 2023

The Only Concert in NYC - State Ballet of Georgia! Buy Tickets Now! Intro Video
Serenade. Photo Courtesy of Lehman Center

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in association with OZ Productions, International Concerts and Love Productions is proud to present the world-class ballet company STATE BALLET OF GEORGIA on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 6pm. Led by Nina Ananiashvili, a native of Georgia and a former Bolshoi prima ballerina, the State Ballet Of Georgia will present their triple bill "Mostly B": Serenade, Choreography: George Balanchine, Music: P. I. Tchaikovsky; Concerto Barocco, Choreography: George Balanchine, Music: J. S. Bach; Sagalobeli, Choreography: Yuri Possokhov, Music: Georgian Folk music.

Tickets for STATE BALLET OF GEORGIA on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at 6pm ($25, $35, $45, $55, $75) can be purchased by calling the Lehman Center box office at 718-960-8833 ; Para Español: 718-960-8835 (Monday through Friday, 10am–5pm, and beginning 4 hours prior to showtime on weekends), or through online access at:

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Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is on the campus of Lehman College/CUNY at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West, Bronx, NY 10468. Lehman Center is accessible by #4 or D train to Bedford Park Blvd. and is off the Saw Mill River Parkway and the Major Deegan Expressway.

As a part of the Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theater, the State Ballet Of Georgia has a rich history dating back to 1852, when the St. Petersburg Ballet Company performed at the Ballet State Theatre in Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia. The company has hosted world-renowned dancers such as Anna Pavlova, Isadora Duncan, and Mikhail Fokine. Legendary choreographers such as George Balachine, Alexei Ratmansky, Alexey Fadeechev, Yuri Possokhov, Trey McIntyre, Stanton Welch, Jorma Elo also collaborate with the theater.

Since September 2004, Nina Ananiashvili, the former prima ballerina with Bolshoi Ballet, The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, has served as the Artistic Director of the Zakaria Paliashvili Ballet Theater's Ballet Ensemble and Director of the Vakhtang Chabukiani State Choreographic School in Tbilisi. As the the most sought-after ballerina of the present day, Ananiashvili had received numerous awards and accolades including the National Prize of Russia, and the title of "Woman of the Year" awarded by the American Biography Institute. Her biography has also had an important place in the "New York City Ballet", where she danced with Andre Liepa in 1988, becoming the first dancer from the former USSR invited to this theater. Ananiashvili danced the principal roles in Balanchine's ballets "Symphony in C”, "Raymonda Variations" and "Apollo". Between 1993-2009, Nina Ananiashvili was also the Guest Prima-Ballerina of American Ballet Theater (ABT).

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Ananiashvili has revitalized the State Ballet Of Georgia. Under her leadership, more than fifty ballets and miniatures have been staged at the Georgian Opera and Ballet Theater in Tbilisi. Over the years, the State Ballet Of Georgia has toured in the United States, Japan, Israel, Egypt, Italy and more. In 2008, the ballet company of the Georgian Opera and Ballet Theater was awarded the prestigious Herald Angels award at the Edinburgh International Festival.

The STATE BALLET OF GEORGIA’s debut program at the Lehman Center features two works by famed 20th-century Georgian American choreographer George Balanchine including Serenade, set to music by Tchaikovsky, and Concerto Barocco, set to J.S. Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins. The impeccably precise dancers of this company will also bring Georgian folk melodies to life in Sagalobeli by Yuri Possokhov, the Ukraine-born international choreographer.

Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. is supported, in part, by public funds through the SVOG Grant. In addition, Lehman Center received funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council and the Bronx Delegation. Special thanks to Senator Charles Schumer and Representative Nydia Velázquez for their support of arts and culture by implementing the SVOG grant.

We would also like to thank Assemblyman Jose Rivera for his generous grant from The New York State Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Department. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The 2022-2023 season is also made possible through the sponsorships by Goya Foods, Con Edison, Havana Café, and Friends of Lehman Center.

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