Mariam Aleksidze

Mariam Aleksidze, professional dancer, ballet master, choreographer, was born in 1978 into a family of prominent choreographer and professor Giorgi Aleksidze and principal ballet dancer and ballet master Marina Aleksidze. Mariam is the Chairwoman of Giorgi Aleksidze Foundation for the Development of Contemporary Choreography, the Artistic Director of South Caucasus Contemporary Dance and Experimental Art Festival in Tbilisi and the Ballet Master and Tutor at Maka Makharadze’s Vera District Dance Class ballet studio.

In 1986, film director Sergo Parajanov cast young dancer Mariam in his film Ashik-Kerib. Giorgi Aleksidze was the choreographer. She was still a school student when she participated in the joint projects of Zakaria Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre’s ballet company and The Three Caravelles production company from Monte Carlo.

After completing her studies at the Tbilisi Vakhtang Chabukiani Choreographic School, in 1994, she was awarded Prima Ballerina Natalia Makarova Scholarship to continue her education at the Swiss Ballet-Berufschule (SBBS) in Zurich. After graduating, she received an engagement at the Zurich Opera and Ballet Theatre – Opernhaus Zürich (Switzerland) under the supervision of choreographer Heinz Spoerli. In 1999-2011, Mariam Aleksidze was a soloist at Zakaria Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre. She had solo and lead parts in the classical, neo-classical and contemporary ballets of the company’s repertoire. In 2008, she received an invitation to participate in the tours of The Crown of Classical Ballet Russian ballet company as a soloist, and in 2012 became an Artistic Director of the company’s tours to Spain and Portugal. In 2008, Mariam participated in the Swiss International Coaching Project for Choreographers (SIWIC), while in 2012, as a choreographer, completed V. Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatoire Higher Programme of Coaching Tutor-Choreographers.

Mariam Aleksidze staged her first performance in 2009 – a contemporary ballet, Dovin-Doven-Dovli…, based on Galaktion Tabidze’s poetry which she presented on the Small Stage of Rustaveli Theatre, dedicating it to one-year anniversary of the death of her father, Giorgi Aleksidze. Since 2008, Mariam, as an independent choreographer, has staged contemporary ballets on the stages of Rustaveli, Marjanishvili, Opera and Ballet and Royal District Theatres. She has authored a number of ballet pieces, miniatures, opuses and children’s plays. Since 2011, under the aegis of Giorgi Aleksidze Foundation for the Development of Contemporary Choreography, she has staged on the Grand Stage of Shota Rustaveli Theatre six original contemporary ballet performances. Mariam Aleksidze has worked as a choreographer for drama theatre plays at M. Tumanishvili State Film Actors Theatre, Theatre on Atoneli, Free Theatre and Shota Rustaveli State Drama Theatre. At Shota Rustaveli Theatre, she worked as a choreographer with Robert Sturua on the play Asulni (Ascended), a fantasy based on P. Kakabadze’s plays; she choreographed the award ceremony of Literature Prize Saba for the Voices of the Century project.

Mariam Aleksidze is productively working to preserve and restore Giorgi Aleksidze’s choreography in Russia and Georgia. Within the framework of South Caucasus Contemporary Dance and Experimental Art Festival, she organized at the Factory Theatre a theatricalized conference dedicated to the work of Giorgi Aleksidze. Under the aegis of South Caucasus Contemporary Dance and Experimental Art Festival, as the Festival’s Artistic Director, she has implemented numerous educational projects with the aim to develop and support contemporary dance and choreography in the South Caucasus region.

Since 2016, Mariam Aleksidze is the head of Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet chamber company founded by Tbilisi City Hall.