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:

Coppelia is a lighthearted ballet for the entire family to enjoy. Coppelia tells the story of an eccentric toymaker, life-sized dancing dolls, and a young couple in love. Premiered in 1870, Coppelia has continued to delight audiences for nearly 150 years with its timeless tale of mischief, magic and merriment. Set to Leo Delibes’ buoyant orchestral score, Coppelia is a beloved ballet for the young and young-at-heart.

 The story follows a toymaker, Dr. Coppelius, in his quest to bring his life-sized doll, Coppelia, to life. When the village rascal, Franz, mistakes Coppelia for a young beautiful young woman, he steals in to Dr. Coppelius’ workshop. Meanwhile, the mischievous maiden Swanhilda plots to impersonate Coppelia in order to win Franz’s heart. The scene is set for a comedic interaction between Dr. Coppelius, Fran, and Swanhilda, with hilarious results.

 Bursting with lively dancing, life-sized magical dolls, and colorful costumes and sets, Coppelia is sure to entertain with its well-worn story of life, love and laughter.