After a series of successful performances that were part of the Russian Seasons in Japan cross-national project, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre is preparing to tour the cities of France, Germany, and Switzerland from January 19 to March 12.
This large-scale European tour will celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Marius Petipa. In honour of the great choreographer, the dancers will perform the Sleeping Beauty ballet, staged by Jean-Guillaume Bart, 19 times. The tour will open with a performance at the Grand Théâtre de Provence in the city of Aix-en-Provence, home of a world-famous music festival with many years of history. This theatre, located within 30 km of Marseille — a city that is closely linked to the name of Marius Petipa — has long been the cultural hub of Provence.
Many of France's venues will be welcoming the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company for a recurring visit. For instance, the dancers are already familiar with the Maison de la Danse (House of Dance) in Lyon: a unique space for showcasing a large variety of styles and schools of modern dance, which has been active for three decades. Following the success of its 2016 Giselle tour, which the Lyon public responded to with thunderous applause, this year's visit will feature 6 nights of The Sleeping Beauty. Furthermore, the dancers will perform in Compiègne, accompanied by the Les Frivolités Parisiennes orchestra, which is to be conducted by the renowned David Reiland.