Ana Albutashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia and trained locally at the Vakhtang Chabukiani State Ballet School of Georgia. She joined the State Ballet of Georgia and was promoted to Soloist in 2012. There she danced leading roles in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Apollo, Serenade, and Birthday Offering. She joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 2012.
With Birmingham Royal Ballet
David Bintley: Cinderella ('Autumn', Stars) and David Bintley and Galina Samsova's production of Giselle (Wilis)
John Cranko: Pineapple Poll (Blanche)
Peter Wright's production of Coppélia ('Dance of the Hours') and Peter Wright and Galina Samsova's production of Swan Lake (Polish Princess, Cygnets)
With State Ballet of Georgia
Marina Aleksidze: Acharpani (Air)
George Alexidze: Wings (Lead role)
Frederick Ashton: Birthday Offering (Lead role)
George Balanchine: Apollo (Calliope), Serenade (Lead role)
August Bournonville: From Siberia to Moscow (Natalie) and Conservatoire (Lead role)
Vakhtang Chabukiani: Laurencia (Xasinta)
Nikolai Fadeyechev: The Nutcracker (Mari, Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Doll, Colombina)
Teet Kask: A Wingless Flight into the Darkness (Lead role)
Jiri Kylian: Falling Angels
Trey McIntyre: Second Before Ground (Lead role)
Marius Petipa: Don Quixote (Variation), Giselle (Maia Villey) and Marius Petipa and Nikolai Fadeyechev's production of Swan Lake (pas de trois, Four Little Swans)
Yuri Possochov: Saglalobeli (Lead role) and Reflections (Lead role)
Alexei Ratmansky: Bize Variations (Lead role) and Dreams about Japan (Lead role)
Gold Medal, Delphic Games Contemporary Dance Junior Group, Astana, Kazakhstan, 2006; John McAslan Family Trust Prize, Covent Garden Summer School, 2008; Diplomas, Bournonville in Biarritz, 2009, 2011, 2012; Gold Medal, Vakhtang Chabukiani Young Promising Artist, 2010.
Iain's Desert Island Discs
In the run up to the world premiere of The Tempest, we spoke to choreographer David Bintley and the dancers creating the lead roles in his magical new ballet. Here Iain Mackay (Prospero) shares the Desert Island Discs he'd want with him if he was truly the lord of Shakespeare's mystical isle.