52nd Season of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre
The St. Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, headed by Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation Andrian Fadeev, is currently in the middle of its 52nd season (2020-2021). The season's first production, Giselle, has already taken place. The Yacobson company performed it on 23 and 24 September 2020 at the Alexandrinsky Theatre.
St. Petersburg Playbill
During the new season, we are hoping to continue our cooperation with St. Petersburg's most prestigious performing venues: the Mariinsky, Alexandrinsky, and Hermitage Theatres.
Among the most important productions of the season's first half, the following are particularly noteworthy. The Russian Ballet Masterpieces collection, showcasing the heritage of the Theatre's founder, Leonid Yacobson, was brought to the Hermitage Theatre for the first time during the 52nd season on 6 November. The show reflects two centuries of Russian ballet through the lens of Yacobson's miniatures and fragments from the most symbolic large-scale productions. On that particular day, we were happy to present the revived version of the Taglioni's Flight miniature, brought back courtesy of our tutors, former Yacobson company soloists Valentina Sergeyeva and Valery Sergeyev.
On 25 December, the Yacobson Theatre presented Johan Kobborg's Don Quixote during the Immortal Classics event, curated by the Dance Open International Ballet Festival.
Overall, we had more than 40 performances at different venues throughout the city between September 2020 and February 2021.
In March 2021, the St. Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will launch a collaborative project together with the State Hermitage Museum: a series of educational concerts (the Hermitage Recitals of the Leonid Yacobson Theatre).
The concerts will be taking place at the Hermitage Theatre; the first series is scheduled for 7, 8, and 20 March 2021.
And on 29 and 30 March 2021, the Alexandrinsky Theatre will, for the very first time this season, welcome The Queen of Spades, a production by Iñaki Urlezaga with luxurious, tasteful scenery designed by the famous creative duo from Italy, Ezio Frigerio and Franca Squarciapino.
In the autumn of 2021, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Choreographic Miniatures programme with an eponymous recital. In 1971, Leonid Yacobson released a brand-new show, the first recital programme at his newly founded theatre. It was meant to have two acts: Classicism-Romanticism and Rodin. The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, committed to its mission—preserving the memory of the legendary 20th century choreographer whose name it bears—has joined forces with the great master's successors and the guardians of his heritage, with a grand plan to restore the original programme on its 50th anniversary. Tatyana Kvasova, Valentina Sergeyeva, and Valery Sergeyev have already set to work on the revival.
The programme will be presented to the public at the Alexandrinsky Theatre.