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A MERRY WAR. Dances from the times of Elizabeth I


6 September 2016, 19.00–20.00
Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the ensemble Banchetto Musicale invites audiences to the Festival’s opening concert, where you will be able to experience high-society living in the time of Shakespeare. This year is the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and to mark the occasion, a whole court of dancers and musicians will capture the audience’s senses with a captivating and flirtatious drama. Speaking in the verses of the great English poet’s works, the characters (long-time soloist with Banchetto musicale, Nerijus Masevičius, and Lėlė theatre actress Sigita Mikalauskaitė making her debut with the ensemble) will elegantly bring Shakespeare’s world to life. The famous British choreographer and director, Jane Gingell – and also an expert on culture and life in Shakespeare’s time – has created a spectacle, which is sure to leave an unforgettable impression. All can dance, sing and be merry!

Director and choreographer Jane Gingell (United Kingdom)
Ensemble Banchetto musicale
Director Jūratė Mikiškaitė-Vičienė

Roles and performers
Beatrice – Sigita Mikalauskaitė
Benedick – Nerijus Masevičius
Duke – Vytautas Šinkūnas
Duchess – Jolanta Davolytė
Guest – Edmundas Žička
Lady Anne – Jūratė Širvytė-Rukštelė
Courtiers – Ieva Beleckaitė, Kristina Zvilnaitė, Ilona Žilinskytė, Martynas Bimbiras

This concert is sponsored by British Council
Concert partner: public institution „Senųjų menų studija“

Ticket prices: 3, 5, 7 €