Nino Gogua

Principal Dancer

Nino Gogua graduated from Vakhtang Chabukiani Choreographic School in 2004.

In 2004, she became a ballet dancer at Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre, then lead ballet soloist in 2008. Nino Gogua has performed solo and lead parts in classical as well as neo-classical and contemporary performances of the company’s ballet repertoire. She has worked with such choreographers as Giorgi Aleksidze, Yuri Grigorovich, Leonid Lavrovsky, Gil Roman, Jorma Elo, Yuri Possokhov, Philippe Cohen, Alexei Ratmansky, Trey McIntyre, Alexei Fadeyechev, Redha Benteifour.

Since 2008, she has participated in Mariam Aleksidze’s contemporary ballet projects. In 2010, she received Prima Ballerina Nino Ananiashvili and Gilbert Albert Star Award.

In 2008, after performing in Balanchine’s Duo Concertant and Y. Possokhov’s Sagalobeli during Tbilisi Zakaria Paliashvili State Opera and Ballet Theatre ballet company’s tour in New York, The New York Times wrote about Nino Gogua: “…attractive and expressive Gogua – whose vivacity would make her the life of any company – was again outstanding”.

In 2013, Nino Gogua was invited to Maurice Béjart’s ballet company in Lausanne (Switzerland).

Since 2016, Nino has been a lead soloist at Giorgi Aleksidze Tbilisi Contemporary Ballet. 

She has performed in the company’s repertoire ballets and projects:

GIORGI ALEKSIDZE’s choreography: Ballet miniatures – Olivier Messiaen Phoenix, Johannes Brahms Etude, J. S. Bach Sarabande, Antonio Vivaldi La Notte; Maurice Ravel Sad Bird.

MARIAM ALEKSIDZE’s choreography: Faith in Khamsa, a contemporary ballet based on the poems by Nizami Ganjavi, music by Polad Bülbüloğlu, stage design by Muraz Murvanidze; Shadow in Dovin-Doven-Dovli…, a contemporary ballet based on Galaktion Tabidze’s poetry; Imaginary Gurji-Khatun in the contemporary ballet Gurji-Khatun based on Dato Turashvili’s  novel, music by Josef Bardanashvili, stage design by Ana Kalatozishvili; part of Ariadne in the contemporary ballet METAMORPHOSES based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, to the music by J. S. Bach and original music by Nika Machaidze, stage design by Ana Ninua; She is participating in the following performances: PENSATIVA, …à la Duduki, The Sound of Daira…, STALAG VIII-A, The Goldberg Variations, Early Dances, 12 Visits, The Bach Project 1 and others.

Nino Gogua is constantly touring Georgian regions with the company.

In 2021 and 2022 Nino Gogua participated in the gala concerts dedicated to Georgia’s Independence Day and the Gala dedicated to Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II which took place at Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre. (2023)