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Lasha Khozashvili

Tbilisi, Georgia

Joined Boston Ballet in 2010

Lasha Khozashvili in José Martinez’s Resonance
Photo by: Gene Schiavone


Lasha Khozashvili trained at the Vakhtang Chabukiani Tbilisi Ballet Art State School from 1994 to 2002. He then joined the Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili Opera and Ballet State Theatre, where he was a leading soloist, and also appeared with the State Ballet of Georgia. From 2009 to 2010, he was a principal dancer with Samsun Opera and Ballet Theater in Turkey.

His repertoire includes Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille mal gardée (Colas) and The Two Pigeons (The Young Painter); George Balanchine’s Serenade, Apollon Musagète, Western Symphony, Mozartiana, Duo Concertant, Chaconne, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream;  Mehmet Balkan’s Mevlana’dan Çağrı (Shems), August Bournonville’s The Flower Festival in Genzano, Alexei Fadeyechev’s Giselle (Albrecht), Philip Kohen’s Bizet Variations), Nugzar Magalashvili’s Laurencia (Mengo, Frondoso), and 1001 Nights (Shahriar); Trey McIntyre’s Second Before the Ground, Helen Pickett’s Layli o Majnun, Yuri Possokhov’s Sagalobeli, Sergei Ratmansky’s Dreams About Japan and Leah; Stanton Welch’s Green, and Petr Zuska’s D.M.J. 1953-1977.

Khozashvili has danced an array of principal roles, including Sir Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella (Prince), George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Kammermusik No. 2, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, Episodes, Theme and Variations, Serenade, Jewels, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream,  Val Caniparoli’s Lady of the Camellias (Armand), Florence Clerc’s La Bayadère (Solor), John Cranko’s Onegin (Onegin) and Romeo & Juliet (Romeo), Vakhtang Chabukiani’s Othello, Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites and Elo Experience, William Forsythe’s Artifact 2017, Jiří Kylián’s Wings of Wax, Bella Figura, and Symphony of Psalms, Ivan Liska’s Le Corsaire (Conrad), José Martinez’s Resonance, Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, John Neumeier’s Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake (Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart), Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote (Basilio), Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty (Prince Desire), Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, and Lila York’s Celts.

Khozashvili’s dancing has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “gorgeous” with “youth, charm and spontaneity gilding the choreography and making it seem inspired improvisation.” Ballet Dance Magazine called him “the most sophisticated male in the [State Ballet of Georgia] company.” He was awarded the Gilbert Albert and Nina Ananiashvili International Prize “Star” in 2008. Khozashvili also took part in the State Ballet of Georgia’s American tour in 2007 and 2008, and Japan tour in 2007. He also performed at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, dancing in leading roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and George Balanchine’s Mozartiana and Duo Concertant.

Khozashvili joined Boston Ballet as a principal dancer in 2010.