Warwick troupe featured at Paramount Theatre

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:50

    WARWICK—Warwick's Dancing Crane Georgian Dance Theater will perform at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown on Saturday, July 23. The seven-year-old ensemble, under director VIctor Sirelson, includes performers from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia who perform traditional dances and music in authentic costumes. The New York Times has referred to the ensemble as "dazzling." The dancers are led by choreographer Vladimer "Dato" Goderidze, who joined Tbilisi's professional children's ensemble at the age of 7. The troupe includes several Warwick residents who are not from Georgia, including teachers Ethel Hemsi and Susanna Hatenboer. Another Warwick resident, Julie Hammet-Cone, is a jeweler by profession. The musicians are led by Vano Goderdzishvili, known for his mastery of the folk instruments and traditional songs. He is a member of the Kolkheti Ensemble, which is considered one of Georgia's best. The women's choir is led by Zaira Chokheli, a graduate of the highest government Conservatory Vano Sarajishvili and highly respected as a performer in Georgia The July 23 performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children. The theater is located at 17 South St., Middletown. For ticket information, call 346-4195. For information on Dancing Crane, call 986-2638 or visit www.dancingcrane.org.