This September, the St. Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will be contributing to the Russian Seasons, a large-scale international event in Germany.
The Leonid Yacobson Theatre dancers will continue the tradition of being ambassadors of St. Petersburg's culture during the prestigious Russian Seasons this autumn. The Federal Republic of Germany will be a new host of the Russian Seasons annual international initiative in 2019 (after Japan in 2017 and Italy in 2018). The Russian Seasons present a platform for international dialogue, allowing the Western public to appreciate the diversity, depth, and unique flair of Russian culture. The festival is set to include over 400 events. Its various programmes showcase more than 100 of Russia's very best cultural institutions, and the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre is honoured to rank among them. Olga Golodets, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, believes that this highly symbolic cultural project has revived the tradition established by Sergei Diaghilev over a hundred years ago, and brings the cultural exchange between our countries to a whole new level.
On September 13 and 14, the German theatre-goers coming to Staatstheater Darmstadt, the main performance venue of the city of Darmstadt, will see one of the best shows of the St. Petersburg playbill: the Don Quixote ballet staged by Johan Kobborg, with set and scenery designed by the world-famous artist Jérôme Kaplan. Honoured with seven nominations of the Golden Mask National Mask Theatre Award, this ballet was exceptionally well-received by both the Russian and European public.
Darmstadt lies in the south of the Hessen Bundesland (constituent state of Germany). It boasts almost 10 centuries of history, and its cultural links with St. Petersburg go back more than a hundred years. This is where the wives of the Russian Emperors Alexander II and Nicholas II came from; the reign of the latter ruler was notable for the first iteration of the Russian Seasons, organised by Sergei Diaghilev in Paris and laying the foundation for the cultural dialogue between Russia and Europe.