Children's folklore dance ensemble "Gorda" is winner of Golden medal in the category "Group for folklore dances - modern choreography, children" and the Nomination for the Grand Prix Golden "Orpheus" in the Xth European Championship of Folklore "Euro Folk" which was held in the summer of 2018. The group comes from the historical town of Batumi - the capital of Adjara in Western Georgia located on the coast of Black sea. 

"The ensemble was established in 2000 and from then until now the group has won many awards. A total of 300 children rehearse in our studio, the youngest being 6-7 years old", said the artistic director of the group Mrs Nona Kamashitse. 

The name "Gorda" means a dagger removed from the sheath (knife case made of wood, leather or metal). The semantics of the name of the Ensemble are associated with the idea of a man preparing for war. The performers presented two choreographies from the Adjara region on the stages of the European Championship of Folklore in 2018.

One of the dances in their repertoire is "Gandagana" and has the status of a monument of the intangible cultural heritage of Georgia, according to the Agency for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Georgia. "Gandagana" (the word can be translated as "transverse") is a dance in which a man wins the attention of a girl, initially choreographed by two soloists. In the Georgian tradition, the performance is characterized by the energy and the bright stage costumes. In recent decades, "transverse dance" has become popular not only in Georgia but throughout the Caucasus.  

Another part of the group's program is the mountain dance "Mtiuluri". Emotional and bold dance confession of the proud boys who take territory, defend the honor of the woman and fight for her, it is accompanied by dynamics and strong tempo of the music, which make the stage performance even more memorable.
The group has performed in Azerbaijan, Turkey, and the video presents their first participation in Bulgaria.

 

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