Duet from Kurt Weill by Olga Konoshenko and Martynas Rimeikis, music by Kurt Weill choreography by Krzysztof Pastor, Dance Open Vilnius 2013.
Olga Konošenko (Konoshenko) is principal danseur with Lithuanian National Ballet. He was born in Vilnius on January 1, 1978. After graduating from the Vilnius M.K. Čiurlionis School of Arts in 1996, she joined the Ballet Company of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2002 she won diploma and special prize for musicality at the Perm International Ballet Competition “Arabesk”. The same year she received an award of Jurgis Žalkauskas, a chairman of an Australian Ballet Society and became a winner of the “Švyturiai” prize as the Ballet Hope of the Year, in 2010 and 2011 she became a winner of the “Švyturiai” prize as the Female Ballet Soloist of the Year.
Martynas Rimeikis is principal soloist with Lithuanian National Ballet. She was graduated from the Ballet Department of the M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts In 1999 and in that same year became a soloist with the Ballet Company of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. In 2007 he won the “Švyturiai” Award as Ballet Hope of the Year, and in 2011 won the “Švyturiai” Award as the Male Ballet Soloist of the Year.
Krzysztof Pastor was Born in 1956. He began his ballet training with the Polish National Ballet School in his hometown of Gdansk. After his training he joined the Polish Dance Theatre in Poznan and four years later he moved to the Grand Theatre of Lodz.
In 1983 Krzysztof became a soloist with Le Ballet de l’Opéra of Lyon in France. From 1985 to 1995, he danced with the Dutch National Ballet.
Pastor completed his first choreographic work in 1986 for an international gala performance in Lodz. After creating several ballets for the Dutch National Ballet’s workshop programmes, in 1992 he was asked to make a ballet for the company’s main programme: the successful Shostakovich Chamber Symphony.
Pastor has since then gained considerable recognition as an international choreographer, creating nearly fifty ballets to date including the highly acclaimed Do not go gentle … and In Light and Shadow the large-scale, full-length production Kurt Weil, Tristan, The Dangerous Liaisons, Don Giovanni as well as Symphony Fantastic for the Australian Ballet. In 2001, Kurt Weill was nominated for the prestigious international Benois de la Danse prize in no less than three categories.
In 2003, Pastor was appointed resident choreographer of the Dutch National Ballet. Alongside his work for the Dutch National Ballet, Pastor has created ballets for many companies abroad such as the National Ballet of Lithuania, The Washington Ballet, West Australian Ballet, Royal New Zealand Ballet, The National Ballet of Latvia, the Polish National Ballet, Ballet Opera Dresden, The Israel Ballet, the Royal Flemish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Ankara State Ballet The Scottish Ballet and the Australian Ballet.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography © with kind permission of the Dance Open, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, special thanks to Ekaterina Galanova, Karina Matvejeva and Adelia Mukhamedzhanova.