Company Artist with the Joffrey since 2003
Temur Suluashvili joined The Joffrey Ballet in 2003 after studying on a full scholarship with The Joffrey Ballet School in New York.
Suluashvili was born in Russia and raised in the Republic of Georgia. At age 15, he began his ballet training at the V. Chabukiani Academy. During his years at the Academy, he 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 Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, and Sleeping Beauty (Blue Bird).
Since joining the Joffrey, he has danced leading roles in many ballets including La Bayadère (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), Robert Joffrey’s The Nutcracker (Nutcracker Prince), Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake (Rothbart), and Krzysztof Pastor’s Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt).
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; Jiří Kylián’s Forgotten Land and Return to a Strange Land; Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table; Gerald Arpino’s Reflections, Sea Shadow, Kettentanz, Light Rain, Round of Angels, Viva Vivaldi and Postcards; Antony Tudor’s Dark Elegies, Offenbach in the Underworld and Lilac Garden; George Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Prodigal Son and Square Dance; Jerome Robbins’ In the Night and The Concert; Les Presage; Jessica Lang’s Crossed; Helgi Tomasson’s Valses Poeticos, Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs; Alexander Ekman’s Tulle; among many others.
Suluashvili enjoys photographing dancers on stage and in the studio. Selections of his photos have been published in The New York Times. He is married to Victoria Jaiani, who is also a dancer with The Joffrey Ballet.