New Season at 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 opening its 52nd season.
The new season will officially commence on September 23 and 24, when the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre is to perform Giselle at the Alexandrinsky Theatre. We prepared for bringing back the upcoming ballet under the guidance of People's Artist of the USSR Irina Kolpakova, an exemplary ballerina
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During the new season, our theatre hopes to continue cooperating with the city's largest and most prestigious venues, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, and the Alexandrinsky Theatre.
The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform at the Alexandrinsky Theatre four times in September and October.
In our first Giselle show on September 23, the main parts of Giselle and Albert will be played by Alla Bocharova (Honoured Artist of Russia, Holder of the St. Petersburg City Council Youth Award) and Andrey Sorokin (winner of multiple international competitions, Holder of the St. Petersburg City Council Youth Award), respectively. And during the second show on September 24, Elena Chernova will appear on-stage as Giselle, and Stepan Dyomin, winner of an international diploma, will play Albert. Andrey Gudyma, holder of the Golden Soffit St. Petersburg Theatre Award, will play Hans on
On October 3, we will perform The Swan Lake, starring Svetlana Svinko, winner of multiple national and international competitions, as Odette and Odile, and Denis Klimuk as Prince Siegfried.
And finally, on October 9, the Alexandrinsky Theatre will host one of the most popular and renowned productions in our current repertoire: Johan Kobborg's Don Quixote. The role of Kitri will be played by Sofia Matyushenskaya, winner of an international diploma. Whereas Kirill Vychuzhanin will make his very first appearance as Basilio. Another
planned début is Vyacheslav Spilchevsky as Espada.
In mid-July 2021, we hope to have another premiere at the Alexandrinsky Theatre: John Cranko's Onegin, with set and costume design by Jérôme Kaplan. This is, with no exaggeration, a long-awaited delight for our entire troupe. The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre is the fist theatre in St. Petersburg to receive official authorisation to stage the legendary ballet. Unfortunately, our rehearsals were unexpectedly cut short in March 2020, due to the pandemic-related restrictions. The dancers' tutors, Agneta and Victor Valcu, who are a duo of immensely experienced professionals entrusted with staging Onegin by the Cranko Foundation, were forced to leave Russia. Right now, our theatre is eagerly waiting for the restrictions to be lifted so we might return to working on our premiere.
At the same time, the Yacobson Ballet team is also involved in restoring two show programmes by the troupe's founder, Leonid Yacobson: Classicism-Romanticism and Rodin.
Any announcements regarding our tours during the first months of 2021 will be made separately, given that the ongoing pandemic is making tours abroad objectively hard to plan.