The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre and the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus have signed a Cooperation Memorandum in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
On September 20, during the forum dedicated to the shared historical, cultural, and spiritual heritage of the Russian and Belarusian nations, Andrian Fadeev (art director and manager of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre) and Vladimir Gridiushko (general director of the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus) signed an agreement detailing the 2020 tours, along with a Cooperation Memorandum for the next three seasons. The document provisions include shared dance workshops and a variety of other projects. Andrian Fadeev drew particular attention to the special warmth that had blossomed between the two theatres over the course of regular tours, and announced that Minsk is to become the host of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet's new worldwide premiere: The Queen of Spades, produced by the renowned Argentinian danseur and choreographer Iñaki Urlezaga. For his own part, Vladimir Gridiushko referred to signing the memorandum as a momentous milestone and expressed his hope that, by joining forces with the colleagues from St. Petersburg, his troupe would be able to apply for Russia's Golden Mask National Theatre Award, as well as collaborate with other Russian theatres.