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Calendar of cultural events in Lithuania. French Film Festival «Winter Screens»

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUBNN offers you a selection of cultural and sports events in Lithuania for the week from January 19 to 25.

January 19-25

Three Centuries of Fashion, Museum of Applied Arts, Vilnius;

Do you feel affinity for apparel and its history?

Than Vilnius’ Museum of Applied Arts is the spot to be. It will take you through the history of garment…

The King of France Louis XIV quipped that fashion was a «mirror of history». This description of fashion as a unique social and artistic expression has not aged in over three centuries. Through his new exhibition spanning the period from the 1740s to 1960s, Alexandre Vassiliev attempts to answer the question, what drives men and women to constantly change their attire and accessories throughout history?

During the Napoleonic Wars, the French army advanced on Polish and Lithuanian lands where they encountered an unusually cold climate that forced them to wear locally produced fur clothing. Ladies followed suit and took to wearing furs themselves. This was how Polish fur coats with long, narrow fur sleeves appeared in Paris…

On the eve of the First World War, Europe’s dress waistlines gradually rose and the silhouette took on neoclassical proportions. French designer Paul Poiret was the first to exploit Eastern themes and was the first to liberate women from the corset, offering them wide pants and tunics instead. The cloth of the era is present at the museum, too.

January 19-25

Religious Images from the Collection of Priest Mozė Mitkevičius, The Church Heritage Museum at St Michael Church;

Religious pictures, which were called the pictures of saints, in the 19th -20th centuries were described by a loanword – religious images. These are printed or painted images of Christian iconography and religious pictures are ascribed to small prints or small graphics. Usually such picture is kept in a book of prayers, thus it is also called the picture of a book of prayers and is used as a bookmark.

The collection of introduced religious pictures of priest Mozė Mitkevičius is not the biggest in Lithuania. However, quite substantial and prevailing production of the publishers of the most important European and Lithuanian pictures of 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries allows to experience the main tendencies of the tradition of religious images – the nature of piety, intentions, iconographic panorama, fashionable trends of artistic expression and decoration and various manufacturing techniques. And, of course, the human warmth.

January 21 and 25

Ernani, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre;

Ernani is not a widespread performance on the Western, and particularly on German stage; however, the basic starting point for many its directors was Verdi’s music. However, the performance promises few surprises. The directors decided to move the action to the present day museum which exhibits Renaissance paintings. According to stage designer R. Sabounghi, the essence of the opera is love of the three men to the same -perfect – woman, it was essential somehow to highlight her extraordinary value. Thus the idea was born that the main character Elvira should be … a painted masterpiece, a painting by Diego Velazquez, which comes to life at night and its heroine steps out of the frame…

January 22-25

French Film Festival «Winter Screens», Vilnius Cinema Theatres;

This year, the festival celebratesits10th anniversary as the festival program has been dedicated to women this year. According to François Truffaut, women not only do nice things in cinema, they also create very nice films: during the festival we will get acquainted with modern works of the female film directors and stories about women, as well as the retrospective of the director, actor and writer Nicole Garcia.

«Winter Screens» will start off on January 22with the film of Jean-Pierre Améris «Mary’s Story»in the cinema Forum Cinemas Vingis.

January 25

Ballet «Cipollono», National Opera and Ballet Theatre

Staged by Karen Chachaturian, ballet in 3 acts is for children; libretto by G. Rikhlov after Gianni Rodari’s novel, choreographer Henrik Mayorov (Russia), coductor Alvydas Šulčys, designer Jūrate Račinskaitė

The brave Cipollino backed up by his little friends – the jolly Radish-girl, the wise Cherry-boy, and the beautiful Magnolia – defeat the angry Prince Citron and Signor Tomato. They all are about to build a little home for the lonely Uncle Pumpkin, dance and enjoy merry-making with you…


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