Temur Suluashvili



Temur Suluashvili was born in Russia and raised in Republic of Georgia. At age 15, he began his ballet training at the V.Chabukiani Academy. During his years at the Academy, Mr. Suluashvili was a finalist in the Republic's first dance competition and received a Certificate of Achievement. At a young age, he was invited to perform in the company's productions of the The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty (Blue Bird).

In September 2000, he came to the United States on a full scholarship with The Joffrey Ballet School in New York and in the summer of 2003, he was a finalist in The New York International Ballet Competition. Later that summer, Mr. Suluashvili joined The Joffrey Ballet in Chicago.

Since joining the Joffrey, he has danced leading roles in many ballets: including La Bayadere (Solar), Giselle (Albrecht), Frederick Ashton's Cinderella (Prince),  Yuri Possokhov's Don Quixote (Basilio and Espada), Lar Lubovich's Othello (Iago), John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio) and the Nutcracker Prince in Robert Joffrey's The Nutcracker.

Mr. Suluashvili originated the leading pas de deux in Yuri Possokhov's Bells and Adagio, as well as the 3rd movement in Stanton Welch's Son of Chamber Symphony. Other significant performances include Christopher Wheeldon's Continuum, After the Rain and Carousel A Dance, Edwaard Liang's Age of Innocence and Woven Dreams, James Kudelka's Pretty BALLET, Val Caniparoli's Incantations, Jiri Kylian's Forgotten Land (Black pas) and Return to a Strange Land, Kurt Joos' The Green Table (Profiteer), Gerald Arpino's Reflections, Sea Shadow, Kettentanz, Light Rain, Round of Angels, Viva Vivaldi and Postcards, Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and Offenbach in the Underworld, George Balanchine's Stravinsky Violin Concerto (Ari 2) and Square Dance, Jerome Robbin's In the Night and The Concert (husband), Les presage (Fate), Jessica Lang's Crossed, Valses Poeticos, Twyla Tharp's Nine Sinatra Songs and Laurenci Pas d'Action among many others. 

When he is not performing, Mr. Suluashvili enjoys photographing dancers on stage and in the studio. A selection of his photos have been published in the New York Times. Mr. Suluashvili is married to Victoria Jaiani, also a dancer with The Joffrey Ballet.