NINA TO KEEP DANCING
The Friends caught up with Nina (July 26, 2004) just
days after it was announced that she accepted the artistic directorship of the National
Ballet of Georgia (NBG). She was kind enough to answer a few questions about her plans for
the near future:
Q: Can you talk about your plans for the company?
Nina: I need time to put plans together. Right now I am just calling people to find
out who is available, who is not, so it is too early to announce anything. (In general), I
would like to freshen up the classical ballets, have new versions perhaps. Of
course, I would like to invite choreographers to do new ballets, also invite teachers and
coaches. I would love to have Balanchine, Ashton and other works
but it will take
time and money to do this.
Q: Are you going to continue performing?
Nina: Yes, I will keep everything I have already signed contracts for. (N.B. Apparently,
as of this writing, no contract has been signed for Anna Karenina with the Royal
Danish Ballet in Aug./Sept.) At the Bolshoi, I only perform one or two times a month, so
in between those, I can go to Tblisi and oversee the NBG. Also, the teachers and coaches
will be in place to keep the company working.
I have also invitations to do tours in Japan and elsewhere, and whenever possible, I will
be taking the corps de ballet of NBG on these appearances.
Q: Are you dancing this fall with American Ballet Theatre?
Nina: We are still discussing possible repertory.
July 26, 2004