The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre was won the Taglioni European Ballet Award. The company led the Best Production nomination at this prestigious European dance competition.
An independent panel of professional ballet experts and critics from seven countries gave the greatest praise to Leonid Yacobson's Classical Miniatures,singling the production out of the three nominees. The other production were Juliet & Romeo (by Mats Ek, Royal Swedish Ballet) and Raven Girl (by Wayne McGregor, The Royal Ballet, Great Britain).
The Taglioni Award was established in January 2014 by the Malakhov Foundation — which, in turn, is the initiative of Vladimir Malakhov, the world-famous dancer and choreographer. It honours the creative accomplishments of dancers, choreographers, ballet companies, conductors, and set designers over the past season. The award has been named after Maria Taglioni, one of the most famous dancers of the Romantic period, and the first performer to play the main part in La Sylphide. Taglioni was also the very first dancer to wear pointe shoes, immortalizing the 19th century ballet.
The winners were announced during a gala ceremony in Berlin on September 27. In all, there were thirteen nominations celebrating the best of the best in European ballet art.
The award's website refers to Classical Miniatures as an 'unknown treasure of Soviet choreography that was revealed in this amazing production by Leonid Jacobson Ballet Theatre'. The review goes on, 'The four scenes in different classical styles appeared to be a brilliant and surprisingly modern neo-classical choreography – a historical gift to the international repertoire'.