In early December, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company will leave on a two-month trip to Europe, touring with our classical and modern productions, as well as with gala concert highlights. The company will perform in Luxembourg, France, Germany, and Switzerland.
The tour will start on December 4, in the city of Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg, where the Yacobson Ballet will present its One-Act Ballet Recital at the Théâtre d'Esch.
The theatre will travel across France over the course of almost two weeks in early December and two weeks in late December and early January.
We will perform The Nutcracker on December 6 and 7, at the Espace Michel Simon venue in the city of Noisy le Grand.
In turn, the One-Act Ballet Recital will take place at the Théâtre du Vésinet in Le Vésinet on December 13 and at the Théâtre de Chartres in Chartres on January 10.
This season's premiere — the Sleeping Beauty ballet, staged by Jean-Guillaume Bart, a distinguished French choreographer, danseur, and teacher — will be shown to the French public at the Opéra de Massy in Massy on December 9, 10, and 11, and at the Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on December 15, 16, and 17.
From December 19 to December 29, we will be traversing Germany, on what will be our first proper tour of this country. It has been a long time in the making, and in late 2016, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will finally enter the German market, treating audiences across four cities to the best shows in its repertoire: resplendent classical productions, complemented with exquisite scenery and accompanied by a symphony orchestra. The Giselle fantasy ballet will be performed at the Jahrhunderthalle Culture and Congress Centre in Frankfurt am Main on December 20 and 21, while The Nutcracker fairytale will be shared with the public at the Staats Theater in Darmstadt on December 22 and 23, just before the Christmas holidays.
Our German tour will culminate with three gala concerts, which will take place at the Kurhaus Concert Hall in Wiesbaden, in the evening of December 27 and during the day and in the evening of December 28. The guests of honour will include members of the local elite and representatives of the Russian Embassy in Germany. Later on, on January 15, the German public will get a chance to see the Swan Lake ballet performed at the Forum am Schlosspark Conference Centre in the city of Ludwigsburg.
Our theatre company will celebrate the New Year in Cannes, France, where we will perform the Sleeping Beauty ballet at the Palais des festivals et congres de Cannes on December 31 and January 1. The same show will take place at the Théâtre Le Forum in the city of Fréjus on January 3, and at the Odyssud Culture Centre in Blagnac on January 5, 6, 7, and 8. The latter venue will also host a special matinee for local choreography students on January 6.
In addition, the French public will see the Swan Lake ballet at the Théâtre des Sablons in Neuilly-sur-Seine on January 12; while on January 25, we will travel to the ThéâtreLa Coupole in the city of Saint-Louis, to present last season's premiere, the One-Act Ballet Recital, which will include: Chopiniana, a choreographic masterpiece by Michel Fokine; Grand Pas from the Paquita ballet, a revival of the Bolshoi Theatre's classical Grand pas, first staged by Marius Petipa; and The Rehearsal, a modern ballet by Konstantin Keikhel.
As the curtain falls over our European tour, the company will pay a visit to Switzerland. Once there, we will perform The Nutcracker at the Theater Winterthur in Winterthur on January 19, 20, 21, and 22 (the performance will be accompanied by a symphony orchestra). Our other appearances in Switzerland will be on January 27 and 28 at the Théâtre du Passage in the city of Neuchâtel, where we will perform Sleeping Beauty.