On September 21, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre held a public dress rehearsal of one of the most beloved productions on our playbill: the Giselle ballet. This legendary show will — after a hiatus that lasted for nearly six months — open the Yacobson ballet company's 52nd season at the Alexandrinsky Theatre on September 23.
This public appearance had been eagerly awaited by both the performers themselves and by their audience: the representatives of St. Petersburg's major media (the NTV, Saint Petersburg, and Russia-1 channels; Russian News Agency TASS; the Radio Rossii radio station; the Peterburgsky Dnevnik official periodical; the Sankt-Peterburgskiye Vedomosti; and others), all of whom were cordially invited to the dress rehearsal. Before the performance began, Andrian Fadeev, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation and art director of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, shared news of how the theatre was slowly going back to normal after the quarantine, along with creative plans for the nearest future. When asked why the Theatre had chosen to welcome the public back with Giselle specifically, Mr. Fadeev explained that a new season should always be opened with a reputable world-class masterpiece. After his speech, the troupe's principals — Alla Bocharova, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation and holder of the St. Petersburg City Council Youth Award; and Andrey Sorokin, winner of multiple international competitions and holder of the St. Petersburg City Council Youth Award — demonstrated the stunning duo of Giselle and Albert from the second act of this fantastical ballet, which the Yacobson Theatre restored under the guidance of Irina Kolpakova, outstanding ballerina and teacher.