Born December 21, 1975 in Tbilisi, Georgia. His primary dance training began at the National Academy of Dance of Tbilisi with Wahtang Chabukiany. In 1991, his was invited to attend the School of the Bolshoi Ballet under the direction of Genady Ladiah, former director of the Verse Conservatoire. In 1996, Birkadze graduated with Honours in Classical Ballet, Pas de Deux, and Traditional Dance.
Birkadze was awarded the Gold Medal in Moscow for his brilliance in World History and Literature. During his dance studies, Birkadze obtained his Diploma in Business Administration with a Master in Art Direction, and Public Relations and Marketing. Upon graduating from the School of Bolshoi Ballet, he decided to further his studies as a Pedagogy in Dance.
In September of the same year, under the direction of Ekaterina Maximova, principal ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, he entered the Kremlin Ballet with director Erick Volodin (former Director of the Bolshoi Theatre) and Yuri Grigorovich (Choreographer and Director of Bolshoi Ballet).
Some of his numerous roles include: “The Jester” in Swan Lake, “Mercutio” and “The Clown” in Romeo and Juliet (choreography by Grigorovich), Nutcracker, Don Quijote, Tom Sawyer, Napoleon Bonaparte, etc. He participated in a number of Galas interpreting choreographic works by Y. Grigorovich, A. Petrov and V. Vasiliev with European success. Awarded the Silver Medal in Russia and the Bronze Medal in Luxembourg in 1996.
In October 1999, he was promoted to Principal Dancer in the Young Ballet of Catalonia, a company directed by renowned teacher Rodolfo Castellanos, principal dancer of the National Ballet of Cuba. In 2002, Birkadze created “In a Coma” for International Dancer Angel Corella that premiered at the Gala de la Hispanidad in Murcia, Spain. He was also named Artistic Director of BMK Company.
In the following years, he participated in numerous productions at the Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona while Teaching Advanced Technique in the most prestigious schools in the city. He continued to work with Angel Corella, creating Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, and Celaje for the tour Angel Corella and the Stars of American Ballet. In 2007, he started working in Corella Ballet Castilla y Leon as a dancer and choreographer. In 2010 joined Sarasota Ballet as a Soloist and Choreographer.
Nowadays Birkadze is a Resident Choreographer in Festival Ballet of Providence (Boston).
Featured Dancers in Birkadze’s Choreographies
ANGEL CORELLA (International Star, Principal of ABT, Principal and Artistic Director of Corella Ballet CyL)
CARMEN CORELLA (former Soloist of ABT, Principal and Assistant Artistic Director of Corella Ballet CyL)
HERMAN CORNEJO (International Star, Principal of ABT, Principal of Corella Ballet CyL)
LIENZ CHANG (Etoile of Roland Petit)
MARC PERETOKIN (International Star)
NADEZDA GRACHOVA (International Star Bolshoi Theatre)
ERICA CORNEJO (former Soloist ABT, Principal Boston Ballet)
CORY STERNS (Principal ABT)
MARIA RICCETTO (Soloist ABT)
AIDAR AHMETOV (International Star Bolshoi Theatre)
SVETLANA ROMANOVA (International Star Bolshoi Theatre, Kremlin Ballet
ADIARYS ALMEIDA SANTANA (Soloist Boston Ballet)
JOSEPH MICHAEL GATTI (Soloist Boston Ballet)
MATTHEW GOLDING (Principal Het National Ballet)
IAIN MACKAY (Principal Birmingham Royal Ballet)
Birkadze has choreographed and danced in numerous countries including Russia, Portugal, France, and Spain. Has taught for many professional dancers, including all that are previously listed, and molded the careers of many dancers around the world.
Birkadze has a great passion for operas. He has performed as a dancer and actor in countless productions with the Gran Teatre del Liceu including Giulio Cesare, Boulevard Solitude, Turandot, Don Carlos, Pikovaia Dama, La Gioconda,Norma, Elisir d’amore, Cleopatra, and many more.
He has worked as an Assistant Director as well as having his choreography shown in many grand productions. His most important works are displayed in the operas Manon, Khovantxina, L’enfant et le sortilege, La Gazzetta, and others.
He has worked with prestigious directors including Herbert Wernicke, Nuria Espert, Stein Winge, Xavier Montsalvatge, Amilcare Ponchielli, Peter Konwitschny, Nikolaus Lehnhoff, Mario Gas, Francisco Negrín and others.
Most importantly, Birkadze has had the great pleasure and honor working with some of the most representative figures of the current cultural world such as the Italian winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature in 1997, Dario Fo; as well as with the genuinely talented David McVicar, in which Birkadze has fond memories of.
Birkadze choreographed for the 2007 Freixenet television commercial featuring Angel Corella and International Actress Gwyneth Paltrow.