Vol. 16 (2023): XVI International Symposium Contemporary Issues of Literary Criticism Socialist Realism in Literature and Art
Theater of the Era of Socialist Realism

Avant-garde Movement in Georgian Ballet and Socialist Realism

Tamar Tsagareli
Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University

Published 2023-12-11


  • Socialist realism,
  • vanguard,
  • ballet art,
  • choreography,
  • music,
  • painting
  • ...More


In the second half of the 20th century, when it became possible to „shake“ the „Iron Curtain“ and wide cultural exchanges with foreign countries began, anti-romantic tendencies entered Soviet art.

The widespread presentation of American and European ballet art in Georgia made it clear that the isolation of Soviet ballet art from the world dance culture hindered the modernization of the ballet theater that began at the beginning of the century, and that during this time a number of fundamentally new artistic concepts emerged in foreign music, choreography and scenography.

The new touches introduced in the music and choreography of the Georgian ballet changed the face of the ideal graphics of the classical dance construction. This, of course, led to the breaking of ballet poses, and sometimes to their grotesque intensity.