On March 11, 2018, the world's culture circles celebrate 200 years since the birth of Marius Petipa, the extraordinary choreographer and ballet master, who was already hailed as a legend during his lifetime.
There is hardly any doubt that St. Petersburg owes its reputation as the world's ballet capital to the creative genius of Marius Petipa, who headed the dance troupes of the city's Imperial theatres for over 40 years. Even today, theatre historians put a bold equation mark between the name of Petipa and the world heritage of classical ballet: he created, or at the very least edited, almost all momentous ballets of the 19th century that have survived till today. Apart from staging around one hundred ballets and countless dance sequences for operas, Petipa also outlined the system of principles and values that form the foundation of modern classical ballet. And the Leonid Yacobson Ballet has preserved several gems crafted by the great master in its repertoire. Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, and Don Quixote have all been enriched with a modern touch, making their classical renditions more vibrant and fresh. Much to the Theatre's pride, the recent premiere of the Don Quixote ballet, staged by the world star Johan Kobborg, was the first ballet show in a series of special anniversary events celebrating the Year of Marius Petipa in Russia.
On March 11, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform the world-famous Sleeping Beauty, produced by the distinguished French choreographer Jean-Guillaume Bart, at the Opera de Vichy in the city of Vichy, France, during its grand European tour, to honour Marius Petipa, the legendary Frenchman with the soul of a Russian, who was born exactly 200 years ago.