Mohawk Valley Ballet is proud to announce their Spring Performance of Coppelia, coming in May 2018. Choreographed by Mr. Nikoloz Makhateli.

Mr. Nikoloz Makhateli was a Principal Dancer for 26 years with the National Opera and Ballet Theater of Georgia USSR. He was trained at the State Choreographic Institute of Georgia. There as a protégé of famed Kirov dancer Vakhtang Chabukiani, he studied the complete eight-year Vaganova syllabus.

From 1970-75 he studied at the Tbilisi State College of Theatrical Arts receiving his masters degree in ballet instruction, coaching, and choreography. He later studied choreography in St. Petersburg at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, learning the entire Petipa repertoire under Oleg Vinogradov former Artistic Director of the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet.

Performance Dates

Saturday, May 19th

Sunday, May 20th

The Stanley Theater

Nikoloz Makhateli was appointed Ballet Master of Maurice Bejart' school MUDRA Afrique created by Maurice Bejart, President Leopold Sedar Senghor and the UNESCO

In 1983, Mr. Makhateli was named an Honored Artist of the Georgian Republic.

In 2000, Mr Makhateli was named the Recipient of the “Order of the Mark of Distinction“ The highest order of the Georgian Republic, as a principal dancer and ballet professor.

He spent nine years as chairman of the Choreography Department of The Fine Arts College of Georgia. For the past twelve years, Mr. Makhateli has been in the United States, teaching nationally and internationally, as well as coaching many award winning young dancers throughout America.

Prior to joining KAB’s faculty, Mr. Makhateli spent the last five years as a ballet instructor for the New Orleans Center of Cultural Arts.

Mr. Makhateli and his wife Marina are the proud parents of former Royal Ballet principal David Makhateli and Dutch National Ballet principal Maia Makhateli, both of whom began their training with their parents at the State Choreographic Institute in Tbilisi, Georgia.

About Coppelia:

The ballet Coppelia is about a girl named Coppelia (Doctor Coppelius' mysterious daughter) who sits on her balcony all day reading and never speaking to anyone. A boy named Franz falls deeply in love with her and wants to marry her, even though he is already engaged Swanhilda.

The entire village is preparing for the Harvest Festival, which celebrates the gift of a bell by the Seigneur and his Lady. Swanhilda and her mischievous friends sneak into Doctor Coppelius' house to confront Coppélia. Swanhilda soon learns that Coppelia is actually a doll that belongs to Doctor Coppelius, and decides to impersonate the doll in order to win the love of Franz.

Doctor Coppelius arrives and chases the girls out of his home (except for Swanhilda who hides). Soon Franz shows up and Dr. Coppelius wickedly endeavors to take his spirit from him and put it into the body of his "daughter", his most prized possession. Coppelius is fooled by Swanhilda and thinks his mechanical doll has come to life.

The lovers, Franz and Swanhilda , are reunited and Dr. Coppelius is left broken-hearted.