Mariam Koiava


Mariam Koiava

Mariam Koiava graduated from Vakhtang Chabukiani Choreographic School in 2014. Since 2015, she has danced in the performances at Kakha Bakuradze Movement Theatre and has been a dancer at Impulse Contemporary Choreographic Theatre.

Since 2016, Mariam has been a ballet dancer at Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet. She has performed in the company’s repertoire ballets and projects:

Giorgi Aleksidze’s choreography: Ballet miniatures  - Giya Kancheli The Martyrdom of Queen Shushaniki, Ioseb Kechakmadze Medea, Johannes Brahms Etude, J. S. Bach Agnus Dei and Fantasia, Antonio Vivaldi La Notte, Henry Purcell Dido’s Lament; Diplipito and Psalm - contemporary ballets to Giya Kancheli’s music; part of snake in Connexion, a contemporary ballet to Alfred Schnittke’s music; part of Death in Pirosmani, a contemporary ballet to Sulkhan Nasidze’s music.

Mariam Aleksidze’s choreography: parts of Layli and Red Beauty in Khamsa, a contemporary ballet based on the poems by Nizami Ganjavi, music by Polad Bülbüloğlu, stage design by Muraz Murvanidze; parts of Arachne and Procne in the contemporary ballet METAMORPHOSES based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, to the music by J. S. Bach and original music by Nika Machaidze, stage design by Ana Ninua; part of Ugolino in BEATRICE a contemporary ballet based on The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, in accordance with David Maziashvili’s idea and concept, Dario Marianelli, contemporary Italian composer and winner of Oscar, Golden Globe and many other awards, created original music especially for the ballet, that was performed live on stage by Tbilisi State Chamber Orchestra – Georgian Sinfonietta; costume designer -Tamuna Ingorokva. She is participating in the following performances: Dovin-Doven-Dovli…, a contemporary ballet based on Galaktion Tabidze’s poetry; PENSATIVA, …à la Duduki, Gurji-Khatun, The Sound of Daira…, Hinter den Grenzen, FOLIA, Metronome, STALAG VIII-A, The Goldberg Variations, 12 Visits, The Bach Project 1 and others. 

Mariam Koiava  is constantly touring Georgian regions with the company. In 2018, the first international tour to Germany took place; the literary-musical-choreographic project Hinter den Grenzen was implemented by Mariam Aleksidze in collaboration with Germany-based musician and composer Russudan Meipariani’s band. In 2019, Mariam Aleksidze’s contemporary ballet STALAG VIII-A staged to Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time was shown in Theater Rigiblick in Zurich, Switzerland, with participation of Swiss-based musicians Irina Vardeli, Mattia Zappa, Andreas Janke and Dimitri Ashkenazy.

In 2019, at Mariam Aleksidze’s  Gala celebration of 10 years of work in choreography Mariam Koiava performed a solo from Mariam Aleksidze’s contemporary ballet The Street to the music of Joseph Haydn.

In 2019 the company joined the global celebration of 100 years’ anniversary of Merce Cunningham, Mariam took part in Cunningham Dance Technique Classes and Repertoire Workshop conducted by Guest teacher Ashley Chen for the company dancers and students; In 2020 she participated in one of the most distinguished British choreographers Wayne McGregor Repertoire Workshop that was held for the company dancers by the dancer and guest teacher of the Wayne McGregor Company, Louis McMiller.

In 2020 Mariam was filmed in the music video Autumn Rain by Nash Albert, choreographed by Mariam Aleksidze and filmed at the Rustaveli National Theatre.

Mariam Koiava attended Educational Projects by Professor David Maziashvili Implemented at Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet - David Maziashvili’s Lecture Series: Contemporary Ballet BEATRICE – Three Conversations about Dante and The Divine Comedy; David Maziashvili’s Educational Meetings and Lectures conducted under the METAMORPHOSES project.

Since 2022, Mariam Koiava has been promoted to Soloist at Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet.

In 2022, Mariam Aleksidze’s  Solo Dance Miniature  “The Street” - a portrait of a woman performed by Mariam Koiava was presented at the Jerusalem International Solo Dance Festival, which took place in the courtyard of the historic Hansen House in Jerusalem, Israel.

In 2021 and 2022 Mariam Koiava participated in the gala concerts dedicated to Georgia’s Independence Day and the Gala dedicated to Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II which took place at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre. (2023)