This just in from the Spoleto offices: the National Ballet of Georgia’s Giselle will have a major line-up change.
We’re still waiting for the details, but apparently the male lead (who, last we heard, was to be played by Irakli Bakhtadze and Vasil Akhmeteliwas on different nights) was injured, and then his replacement was injured. Which leads us to wonder what kind of ballet they do over there in Georgia, and also, who will be the new replacement? We’re taking bets in the comments section. And we’ll let you know as soon as we’re updated.
Update: The Georgian-born David Makhateli, a powerhouse principal dancer with London’s Royal Ballet, will step into the role of Albrecht. He’s replacing Irakli Bakhtadze and Davit Karapetyan. He has played Albrecht for other companies in the past. He’ll dance in the matinee performances on June 12 and 13. As scheduled, Vasil Akhmeteli will portray Albrecht opposite Nina Ananiashvili in the two evening performances.