Erisioni (Georgian: ერისიონი) is a Georgian ensemble which performs national dances and songs of Georgia.
Erisioni attained global acclaim thanks to their cooperation with United States producer Jim Lowe and French stage director Pascal Jourdan on the project Georgian Legend – a performance consisting of the dances and songs of Georgia, loosely bound around tales from the country’s history. In Georgian Legend, the performers – male and female dancers and musicians present a well choreographed version of Georgian dances and folk music, set on a producing platform.
Georgian Legend provides an insight into the traditional Georgian warrior culture which has preserved its unique attributes and independence for centuries.
Georgian Legend was conceived in 1999 when Jim Lowe and Pascal Jourdan were working with Erisioni in Tbilisi. They decided to bring the traditional Georgian dances to the modern scene. In 2000, the first version of the show, then called The Legend of Tamar toured in the United States. American critics hailed the production as sensational, spectacular and a feast of riches for eye and ear. In 2001 and 2002, Georgian Legend debuted in Europe, with acclaimed performances in legendary Parisian venues including the Palais des Sports and the Palais des Congres. Georgian Legend also made a successful tour through France, Switzerland and Belgium in April 2002 with an audience of 150,000 and 100,000 CDs were sold in only a few months. Then, with the same program, Erisioni toured to other Asian countries, Russia and China. In 2005, Georgian Legend was discontinued after Pascal Jourdan and the Erisioni produced a new cast Samaia.
Currently Erisioni is still active and frequently touring around the world.