KARTULI. This unusual duet of a man and a woman, reminding us a forgotten cult ritual, was assigned to be the indisputable sign of being Georgian. This dance may contain something no Georgian confesses even to himself. The emphasized expression of chivalry towards the woman is the first thing that is most visible for the spectator. During the dance the man is not allowed to touch the woman and moreover, he should keep a certain distance from his partner. His movements are restrained, the upper body is motionless, even the hem of his robe does not stir and only his expression and the rapid, elegant motion of his feet reveal his emotions and desire. A man has to control his feelings.


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