Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will be touring in Armenia on 3 and 4 March. We will perform Don Quixote twice at the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre in Yerevan. ‘This is our troupe’s first time visiting Armenia, and this tour is very important to us for a variety of reasons,’ comments Andrian Fadeev, Art Director of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre and Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation. ‘Firstly, there is the concept of grassroots diplomacy. The universal language of art has always served to strengthen cordiality between nations, and artists inevitably turn into ambassadors of peace when travelling abroad. As we introduce ourselves to the Armenian public, this will help us understand each other better, interact more freely, and become friends.


Forever Timeless. Leonid Yacobson's Choreographic Masterpieces, our 20 February show at the main venue of the Alexandrinsky Theatre, was marked by a series of eye-catching début performances. For example, Polina Zaitseva made her first-ever appearance in the Pas de Deux miniature set to Mozart, while Anna Bikbulatova débuted in Paolo and Francesca (a choreographic piece with music by Alban Berg), and Irina Chadova, in Sextet, also accompanied by Mozart’s score.


We welcomed several first-time performances during our Don Quixote show at the Mariinsky Theatre on 16 December. Yana Erkina made a début in the Grand Pas; Maria Astanina, in the Gypsy Dance and Fandango (along with Savely Kabzhan, who also appeared for the first time in the latter dance); and Rail Khunafin, in the bull fighter role.


On 20 February, the main venue of Alexandrinsky Theatre hosted a ballet miniature recital titled Forever Timeless. Leonid Yacobson's Choreographic Masterpieces.

The show opens with a segment called Classicism-Romanticism, a series of mini-ballets set to music by Mozart, Bellini and Rossini. In the creations of these composers, Yacobson saw the outlines of dance, feather-light and sublimely exquisite.


The 28 January Swan Lake show at the historical Mariinsky venue featured three débuts. Anastasia Milyachenko joined the Variation in the 3rd act for the first time, while Nuria Kartamysova was one of the Grown Swans in the 1st act as her début. In turn, Yana Erkina made her first appearance in the Waltz, as did Savely Kabzhan, who also débuted in the Mazurka.

We would like to congratulate the dancers of this première and wish them further success in the new year!


The Nutcracker, the world’s most famous Christmas fairy-tale, reigns supreme at theatres around the globe throughout December and January. This legendary ballet turned 130 (counting from the date of the world première at Mariinsky) on 18 December, or 6 December according to the Julian calendar. This marked the long-awaited start of ticket sales for the festive run of the public’s most-beloved show. Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will present its Christmas extravaganza (in Vasili Vainonen’s classical interpretation) at the Hermitage Theatre on 19 December, at the historical venue of Mariinsky Theatre on 26, 27 and 28 December, and at the main venue of Alexandrinsky Theatre from 29 December to 8 January.


Yesterday, we performed an all-new ballet: Cheeky Chastushki, set to Rodion Shchedrin’s music. The première took place on 16 December at the historical venue of the Mariinsky Theatre, as part of a larger festival called Shchedrin-90: a celebration of the great composer’s birthday.


Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre is working on a new show, Cheeky Chastushki, with music by Rodion Shchedrin. Vyacheslav Samodurov, the production’s director of choreography, is a three-times winner of the Golden Mask award and art director at the Ural Ballet. An outstanding danseur, he became famous for his virtuoso performance technique and worked as principal at renowned ballet companies.


In honour of the renowned music master who is now celebrating his 90th birthday, Mariinsky Theatre is holding the Shchedrin-90 festival. During this event, on 16 December, the theatre’s historical venue will host a première of Cheeky Chastushki: a theatrical gift to Rodion Shchedrin from the Leonid Yacobson Ballet, set to his eponymous music.


During the Silk Road International Festival, a large-scale gala concert, starring the best of the best on the world ballet scene, took place on 29 November in the capital of Kazakhstan at the prestigious Astana Opera. The etoiles of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, Anastasia Milyachenko and Andrey Sorokin, also got a chance to shine before the Kazakhstani theatre-goers. Their performance received an enthusiastic response from the public and the top local media alike. In fact, KazINFORM, Kazakhstan’s leading national news agency, published an extensive interview with the ballet dancers.