First time in Lithuania – ballet „Vaiva‘s Ribbon“
On Thursday, December 4th, at the Russian Drama Theater of Lithuania, there will be a first time production of a never-before seen ballet – “Vaiva’s Ribbon”. An old Lithuanian folk legend about Vaiva, Perkūnas, and Straublys, will be reborn in a ballet by the Lithuanian impressionist, composer V. Jakubėnas. This production was brought to life by the choreographer Marija Simona Šimulynaitė and her “Baltic Ballet Theatre” troupe. The ballet was produced in partnership with the Lithuanian National Philharmonic – the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas, performed and recorded the music for “Vaiva’s Ribbon” in the summer of 2014.
The journey that it took for “Vaiva’s Ribbon” to reach the stage wasn’t easy. The composer V. Jakubėnas, inspired by the stylized Lithuanian myth „Perkūnas, Vaiva ir Straublys” (written by the Lithuanian classicist V. Krėvė–Mickevičius), wrote the music for this mythical tale. During World War II, the sheet music was lost during a fire. V. Jakubėnas recreated the pianistic clavier of the ballet, but he didn’t have enough time to orchestrate. During the second Soviet occupation, both of the authors of the ballet (V. Jakubėnas and V. Krėvė–Mickevičius) left the country. For a long time “Vaiva’s Ribbon” wasn’t even mentioned in the history of Lithuanian ballet.
The society of composer Vladas Jakubėnas, established in 1993, began to pay attention and take care of the ballet “Vaiva’s Ribbon”. In twenty years the complete sheet music was restored, and the clavier, brought back from Chicago with the help of the author’s sister’s family, was instrumented. The instrumentation that was written in reference to the original pianistic clavier, was performed by composer Marius Baranauskas.
MUSIC: Vladas JAKUBĖNAS
ORCHESTRATION: Marius BARANAUSKAS
DIRECTOR AND CHOREOGRAPHER: Marija Simona ŠIMULYNAITĖ
COSTUME DESIGNER: Dalia ŠIVICKIENĖ
SCENOGRAPHY: Marija Simona ŠIMULYNAITĖ, Laura RADZEVIČIŪTĖ
VIDEO PROJECTIONS: Mantas BARDAUSKAS
LIGHRING: Tadas VALEIKA
ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER: Laura RADZEVIČIŪTĖ
MUSIC PERFORMED BY: Lithuanian national symphonic orchestra (conductor Modestas PITRĖNAS)
DANCERS: Grytė Dirmaitė, Kristina Tarasevičiūtė, Andrius Butkys, Žilvinas Beniuševičius, Naglis Bierancas, Mantas Čiarneckas, Yuhi Yonekura, Irina Nazarenko, Agnė Steponkevičiūtė, Viktorija Numova, Vesta Gineitytė, Karolina Matačinaitė, Neringa Česaitytė, Adam Czaplis.
Doors open 30 min before the performance
EVENT LENGTH: 2 hrs, 1 intermission