Ballet in 2 acts
Libretto written by V. Chagovets. Based on poems by Taras Shevchenko
Герман Ісупов народний артист України
Mykhailo Dutchak People’s Artist of Ukraine
Yuriy Berveckyy Honored artist of Ukraine
Mykhailo Ryndzak народний художник України
Warm summer night. The eve of John the Baptist feast. According to the tradition girls throw garlands of flowers onto the river to predict their future. The most beautiful among them is Lileya. All young men are charmed by her. She loves Stepan, her childhood friend, and their love is mutual. Lileya and Stepan ask the Prince permission for their engagement. At first the Prince agrees but then, seeing the beauty of the girl, he decides to part the beloved couple; he orders to bring the girl to his castle and to take Stepan as a servant.
However the community decides to send Stepan to Zaporizhska Sich and to protect Lileya from the Prince.
Exhausted Lileya is on the bank ok the lake. Tired and lonely she is found by gypsies. Lileya falls asleep and dreams strange dream: Stepan is surrounded by dancing mermaids. But all of a sudden she awakes.
Blind folk singers – the kobzars – are approaching the lake. Stepan is among them. On his way to Zaporizhska Sich he was caught and blinded by the Prince’s soldiers. The Prince appears and wants to kill Stepan.
However people come and kill the cruel Prince. Blind Stepan calls for fight for freedom and happiness.
“Lileya” composed by K. Dankevych is considered to be the pearl of national choreographic art, staging Shevchenko poetic images in the ballet. The leading idea of the ballet is the motif of “Lileya”, based on the Ukrainian folk song. The ballet tells the story about the life of the main characters, Liley and Stepan, revealing their dreams, love, sufferings and struggle, the life of their people, who by their fiery hearts inspired them for the struggle against serfdom, and developed the trust in their victory.
Anastasia Isupova Honored Artist of Ukraine
Evgeniya Korshunova лауреат премії ім. В. Писарєва
Yevheniy Svetlitsa Honored Artist of Ukraine
Vitaliy Ryzhyy лауреат премії ім. А. Шикеро
Ihor Khramov People’s Artist of Ukraine
Private: Зінаїда Валєєва
Лілія Гражуліс лауреат премії ім. В. Писарєва
Oleh Petryk народний артист України