La Libre Belgique, Belgium, 1981 February 17
The ancient Georgian dance "Khorumi" shows unrivaled courage and fighting spirit. On gets a superb impression of skill and force from the original pas executed in a variety of rhythms. By their iron muscles and fantastic virtuosity the dancers remind one of the heroes of the "Iliad". The pirouettes performed in this breath-taking dance are laconic, show masterly perfection and subtlety. Masculine courage is expressed both in dance and in polyphonic songs, which the man's choir presents with unusual skill. Of great beauty are the Imereti song "Nana", the doleful hunting song; the sorrowful lyrical, sublime patriotic and labor songs which allow one to draw a parallel between medieval Georgia and Bytantinum. Another significant element: the women's group blends with its male counterpart in all the superb and majestic beauty of the dance. In the lyrical dance "Simdi" the young men in their black chokha (suits) and soft black Asian boots, and their delicate partners wearing white ancient robes, remind one of 14th century princes and princesses. This remarkable ensemble, which preserves with such care the enchanting traditions of Georgia's high culture, fills one with boundless admiration.