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Flash Review 2, 9-26:
Georgians Storm the U.S. With Stunning Dancing
By Aimee Tsao
Copyright 2000 Aimee Tsao
SAN FRANCISCO -- I could
have told the producers to forget about trying to tie all the singing
and dancing together with a story line or using high tech lighting
equipment. In the case of "The Legend of Tamar," performed last
weekend at the Orpheum Theater by the Georgian National Singing
and Dancing Ensemble, these were distractions, but only minor ones
because these artists are so brilliant and powerful that nothing
could diminish what they do on stage.
The women were stunningly
beautiful in their gorgeous costumes, and the men so fierce and
passionate in their athletic dancing that I was overwhelmed. The
singing, too, was of an extremely high caliber.
I went to this concert
at the last minute when a friend called to say they were papering
the house because the publicist hadn't gotten the word out enough
to have a decent audience. So I wasn't planning on reviewing it.
But readers in Orange County, Pasadena, San Diego, Chicago, New
York City or Washington DC -- all cities on the company's current
tour -- should check its
web site for dates and go see this. I came away feeling exhilarated,
and remember I'm a dance critic, so that means quite a lot.
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