These sounds of a well-known melody, this joyous buzzing of a crowd – where is it coming from? Circus has arrived into the Congress Palace in Vilnius! The jugglers are already putting their hands in motion, throwing colourful balls into the air, the acrobats are balancing on a rope, twisting and turning in the air, the clowns are adjusting their red noses… And there – there, can you see? The magician is secretly taking cards out of his sleeve and, smiling cunningly, he winks at his good friend rabbit, sitting silently in a top-hat. The musicians on the stage are already tuning their instruments – very soon we shall hear the first sounds of music and… the performance shall begin! Do you wish to take part in this colourful festival, in which the magical circus tricks are accompanied by the live sounds of a real symphony orchestra? Well then, hurry up – the circus is already here and is waiting for you!
The story of “Amber” circus began in 1970, when a folk circus was established in Alytus – it later raised quite a few professional circus artists. Having spent long years touring Europe, they turned into real masters of their craft. Thus, it is no wonder that in 2013 the circus invited them to come back and start a circus consisting of professionals – the latter was then called “Amber”. This traveling circus is now performing both in Lithuania and foreign countries, its members are also working and perfecting their skills in various famous European circuses.
On this afternoon the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra shall be conducted by Ričardas Šumila. Student of maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius, Šumila also studied the art of conducting in Vienna; at the same time, he was invited by Dalia Ibelhauptaitė to join the “Bohemians” theatre company – their collaboration is still going strong to this day. In 2014 Šumila was awarded the Young Artist prize at the Golden Cross of the Stage Awards.