Simon (Soliko) Virsaladze

Simon Virsaladze (1908-1989) graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Fine Arts, member of Russian Academy of Arts. From 1931 designed costumes for Nino Ramishvili and Iliko Ramishvili and from 1945 for their dance company.
From 1957 Virsaladze worked with ballet master Yuri Grigorovich. They mounted their first performance "The Stone Flower" in St. Petersburg. From the 1960's it was followed by twelve ballets on the Bolshoi stage in Moscow: "Spartacus", "Nutcracker", "Swan Lake", "The Legend of Love", "Romeo and Juliet, "Ivan the Terrible". They worked together in other countries as well.

 


He created a whole epoch in Georgian dance costume, according to which many dance companies dress nowadays.

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