Lithuanians in the News
10th October 2020
Innovative Performance of The Dying Swan by Lithuanian Ballet Star
The Dying Swan solo performed on the roof of LNOBT.
Photo courtesy LNOBT/ Martynas Aleksa
The Dying Swan has always been a favourite solo ballet for ballet enthusiasts. The graceful solo, based on the music by the French composer Camille Saint-Sa?ns and choreographed by M. Fokine, was originally created for the world famous ballerina Anna Pavlova in 1907.
With Covid-19 crisis delaying live performances at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre (LNOBT) in Vilnius, the LNOBT roof became the scene for a performance of The Dying Swan by Lithuanian Ballet star Olesia Shaitanova. The beautiful performance on the roof, with Vilnius famous landmarks visible in the background, uploaded to YouTube, has become a world favourite.
The concept was choreographed by Martynas Rimeikis, the newly appointed artistic director of Lithuanian Ballet. Australian Lithuanian ballet enthusiasts will remember Martynas Rimeikis, when he partnered Lithuanian prima ballerina Eglė Špokaitė during the Australian Lithuanian Days in Melbourne at the end of 2010.
Live music for the roof performance was performed by cellist Aušra Gedžiūtė-Petraitienė and harpist Aistė Baliunaitė-Dailidienė.

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