Programs


Italian dances in the early Renaissance

This program consists of Italian dances and music and extracts from the drama "In the Giants‘ shade"‚ written by Lithuanian playwright Balys Sruoga, as well. The program reveals the gracefulness of Italian dances which were popular in the whole Europe and also tells an emotional story between Jogaila, the Grand Duke of Lithuania and Poland and Jadvyga, the most beautiful Queen in Europe. All in all, this program attracts the audience by its action and appearance. Women in that period were encouraged to keep their manner sweet, modest and suave while men had to be gallant with love.

     



16th century French branle

This program is full of joy, action and games. After a long hard working day townspeople used to gather in the Town Hall or in the streets to fool around, play and dance. Casual work was shown in a playful way through the movements of dances as for example Washerwoman or Horse branle. The descriptions of the branle can be found in the treatise „Orchesiography“ by Thoinot Arbeau.

     



Late Renaissance

…is a period which is particularly rich in art, music and dance. We can‘t imagine it without the famous playwright William Shakespeare. It is the era of Love, although Love is often followed by intrigue and betrayal. These thrilling peripeteia let us create a wonderful theatrical performance for a modern audience with a graceful „La Volta“, proud „Galliard“ and the art of fencing, all embraced by love sonnets.

     



English country dances of 18th century

John Playford‘s country dances are defined as colourful and vivid thus they were danced not only during the market day and celebrations but during the court ball as well. It is surprising that there are many country dances with amazing names such as “Hit or miss“, „Picking of sticks“, „The hall in the wall“, „Rufty, tufty“ etc. There are round, line and square country dances and their figures are simple and repeated through the entire dance, therefore anyone could join the dancing line!

     



Baroque dances

Baroque claims its beauty, elegance and virtuosity. Most dances have originated in the court of Louis XIV. The French noble style was danced both in social events and professional theatre. Menuet, Gavotte, Passacaille and many more of them require profound dancing skills and practice. Baroque program consists of sophisticated dances accompanied by lines of witty Moliere, elegancy and fancy court manners.