On November 9, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre held a successful dress rehearsal of the Don Quixote ballet (which has its premiere scheduled for December 14 and 19). The event took place at the Theatre's rehearsal halls and saw a large media presence.
Almost thirty journalists considered the dress rehearsal an important news maker, so the famous Rotunda ran out of chairs to accommodate everyone willing to see the first results of the talented dancers' joint work under the guidance of choreographer Johan Kobborg. Video and photo cameras captured the rehearsal's most memorable highlights, including the striking poses of the main duo, Kitri and Basilio (played by Alla Bocharova and Andrey Sorokin), and the vivacious body language of other dancers in crowd scenes. Ballet critics responded positively to the expressive performance demonstrated by the ballet master, who himself has been a shining star of the world's best ballet stages for many years. During a brief press conference, Johan Kobborg shared his vision of the new performance, his love for the Russian classics, and his utmost respect towards the creative team behind the ballet. Andrian Fadeev, the Theatre's art director and manager, also gave several interviews. He had an informal post-rehearsal meeting with the representatives of St. Petersburg's top mass media, telling them about the preparations for the premiere, which was meant to celebrate the 200th birth anniversary of Marius Petipa, as well as about the Theatre's plans for the nearest future, its pending tours, and efforts to preserve the creative heritage of Leonid Yacobson. The guests paid due homage to the masterfully sketched scenery and the miniature model of the stage, courtesy of the show's world-famous set designer, Jérôme Kaplan.
The first publications and broadcasts that followed the dress rehearsal do not leave a shadow of a doubt that the audience's interest in the upcoming premiere will only keep growing.