Maia Makhateli and Giorgi Potskhishvili in Le Corsaire pas de deux, music by Riccardo Drigo, choreography by Marius Petipa. Shot on 29.1.2023 in Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome. Les Etoiles Gala 2023, production by Daniele Cipriani Entertainment.
Maia Makhateli is a Georgian ballet dancer. After terms with the Colorado Ballet and the Birmingham Royal Ballet, she joined the Dutch National Ballet in 2006, where she now is a principal dancer.
Giorgi Potskhishvili joined Dutch National Ballet’s Junior Company in 2020. In 2022, he was promoted to coryphée, skipping the corps de ballet completely, and in May, this same year, to grand sujet. Giorgi Potskhishvili (Tbilisi, Georgia) was born into a dancing family. By the age of seven, he had started learning Georgian dance and other folk dances at his parent’s dance school. He was then accepted to the V. Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School at the age of thirteen. In 2017, Elena Glurjidze, former lead principal at English National Ballet, invited Giorgi to join her Summer Intensive Course at the Masters of Ballet Academy in London. He was able to secure a spot there after a successful audition in 2018.
Photos by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of Daniele Cipriani Entertainment, special thanks to Mrs. Simonetta Allder.