Jérôme Kaplan, a renowned French artist with Russian roots, is coming to St. Petersburg to meet the creative team of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, which is currently working on a whole new version of the Don Quixote ballet, staged by world star Johan Kobborg.
By the time the maestro accepted the invitation to personally join the preparations for the new show, extended to him by the theatre's art director Andrian Fadeev, he had already completed a significant share of his work. Being constantly in touch with the theatre's management and with the director Johan Kobborg, who has already held the first round of rehearsals with the dancers, Jérôme Kaplan has created and presented his sketches for the future costumes, which more than deserve most enthusiastic professional praise for the precision of the concept and intricate execution of every detail. Over the course of the upcoming week, the master of stage design will be closely cooperating with the performers and keeping up pace with all the other project participants.
Incidentally, this is the third time that this world-class artist is helping stage a show in Russia. In 2011, he designed the set for the Illusions Perdues ballet, with music by Leonid Desyatnikov and choreography by Aleksey Ratmansky, at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. In 2012, this project earned him the Golden Mask Theatre Award in the Best Artist in Music Theatre category. In 2013, Jérôme Kaplan was the set designer during the production of The Nutracker, with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and choreography by Nacho Duato, at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in Saint-Petersburg.