KHEVSURULI. This dance comes from Georgian mountainous villages and is performed with swords. When the battle reaches its peak, the girl takes off her headdress and throws it between the warriors. According to tradition the duelers have to stop immediately. As if a magic wand had been waved, the headdress falls slowly down among the swords, frozen in the air. This is the epitome of Georgian chivalric tradition, analogous to that of Europe. This choreographic scene brilliantly displays a profound respect of stern men for the fair lady. The dancers need professionalism and high technical preparation for performing this dance.

Choreography by I. Sukhishvili and N. Ramishvili. 1956.

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