Spokaite, Egle

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Egle Spokaite Biography

Notable: Born 1971; Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet

Egle Spokaite was born in 1971 in Vilnius, Lithuania. She graduated from the Vilnius Ballet School and joined the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet ballet troupe in 1989. She became a diploma holder of the Bournonville Summer Academy 1993. In 1994 she made a name for herself as a ballet soloist by winning the 1st prize and special award for the best duet (with Edvardas Smalakys) at the Perm International Ballet Competition, the 3rd prize at the “Maya’94” International Ballet Competition in St. Petersburg, and the title of the Lithuania’s best ballet dancer of the year. Her later distinctions include 1st prizes at the international ballet competitions in Helsinki (1995) and Nagoya, the 4th class order of the Lihuanian Grand Duke Gediminas, the Lithuanian National Award (1996), and the Lithuanian State Award (1997). She is the winner of the “Operos Svyturiai” Awards 2002 and 2003 as the “Best Female Ballet Soloist of the Year”. In 2003, she was also hailed the Public’s Favourite. In 2004, she was recognised the Best Ballet Soloist of the Year and awarded the “Golden Theatre Cross” by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture.

Egle Spokaite’s repertoire includes all the leading roles in the theatre’s current ballet productions: Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Kitri and Mercedes (Don Quixote), Giselle (Giselle), Carmen (Carmen), Juliet (Romeo and Juliet), Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty), Marie (The Nutcracker), Hippolyta/Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Marina (Zorba the Greek), the Chosen Victim (Le sacre du printemps), the Ballerina (Red Giselle), the Empress (Russian Hamlet), etc.

She has performed on Mstislav Rostropovich Anniversary’s Worldwide Tour as Juliet in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and as a guest performer at the Latvian National Opera, Georgian Opera and Ballet Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, Kennedy Center in Washington, City Center in New York, Theatre Pierre Cardin in Paris. She has toured extensively with the ballet troupe of the LNOBT to Germany, Holland, France, Greece, Egypt, the USA, Hungary, Russia, Spain, Poland, and elsewhere.