Heart of the Hills

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(orig. Russ. title Serdtse gor)

Ballet in three acts with choreography by Chabukiani, libretto by G. Leonidze and N. Volkov, design by Simon Virsaladze, and music by A. Balanchivadze (brother of Balanchine). Premiered 28 Jun. 1938 by the Kirov, Leningrad, with Chabukiani, Vecheslova, and Koren. This was Chabukiani's first work, and it closely conformed to the political demands of Soviet art in its portrayal of a peasant uprising in Georgia, led by the youthful Djardje in protest against heavy taxes imposed by their overlord. Using dance imagery rather than mime to present the drama, Chabukiani incorporated Georgian dance idiom with classical ballet. An earlier version, titled Sunny Youth, was shown at Tbilisi Theatre of Opera and Ballet in 1936.

Subjects: Dance.

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