“The tale "Eglė the Queen of Grass Snakes" fascinated me for a long time – I dreamed of it already during my studies. Symphonic thinking is essential when it comes to writing a ballet. I only had enough courage to try my hand at this genre after I’ve gained enough experience”, – claimed composer Eduardas Balsys, author of one of the best examples of Lithuanian ballet. The work was presented on the stage three times (in 1960, 1976 and 1995), in 1965 it was also recreated as a TV version (choreographer Vytautas Grivickas). E. Balsys was bestowed the Lithuanian State Prize for "Eglė the Queen of Grass Snakes".
The current production of "Eglė the Queen of Grass Snakes" was established by the creative team from United Kingdom. The most important goal of choreographer George Williamson was to retell the almost mythical story of Eglė in a coherent and understandable manner: “My starting point was the shocking upshot of the story, when Eglė turns herself and her children into trees”. The choreographer strived to reveal Eglė’s transformation from a naïve girl at the beginning of the ballet into a mature woman who is able to make fatal decisions in the finale: “I wish this production to be close to everyone’s heart. It should be suitable not only for adults, who would maybe enjoy a more abstract scenic language, but also for children and teenagers.”
Premiere: 20 November, 2015