This evening of two ballet works is intended for all ballet aficionados who appreciate the beauty of ballet and long for beautiful, high-quality and professional art of dance. The first part of the evening presents the famous “Grand pas classique” from the classical L. A. Minkus‘ ballet “Paquita”. This ballet was composed in 1846 in Paris; a year later, in 1847 it triumphed at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg – it was the first ballet staged by Marius Petipa at that theatre. In the theatre's repertoire, with some updates and editions, this production lasted until 1926. In the 20th century the tradition of showing the second act of the ballet “Paquita” (“Grand Pas classique”, one of the most amazing masterpieces of classical ballet) was established. Following the choreography of M. Petipa, many famous choreographers presented their own version of the piece – including Rudolf Nurejev, Oleg Vinogradov, Pierre Lacotte, Alexei Ratmansky and others. The production of the LNOBT invites you to enjoy the new interpretation of the classical version, with breathtaking costumes designed by Juozas Statkevičius, igniting music by L. A. Minkus and the great performance of our ballet company.
The second part of the evening shall welcome the impressive "Bolero" by M. Ravel and K. Pastor. At the LNOBT, the premiere of this mini-production took place in 2015. According to choreographer K. Pastor, his version of “Bolero” goes back to M. Ravel's original idea. “I read that Ravel imagined the staging of his work as an action against the backdrop of an open-air factory. It was as if it had to reflect the mechanical nature of his music. Therefore, I decided to place the action in an empty space, the main visual element of which is a giant rectangle, which in a sense corresponds to Ravel's idea. However, music is predominant in this ballet, so it is important how the viewer will perceive it, what associations and feelings it will evoke. Whatever Ravel was aiming for, it was an emotional, erotic and very energetic music. Based on that, I created a ballet, the main motive of which is the interaction of women and men,” – says choreographer K. Pastor about his ballet.