During the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre's tour to Minsk, the local audience will get a chance to see this season's premiere — Sergey Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet ballet, directed by Igor Konyaev (who also wrote the new libretto) and staged by the choreographer Anton Pimonov.


Classics in the Palace Square, a grand gala starring the paragons of the Russian and international opera world, took place in the evening of May 24, against the perfect architectural backdrop of Saint-Petersburg's main square. The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre contributed to four concerted numbers and to the gala's finale.


Stony Bank, a one-act ballet by Vladimir Varnava, will premiere at the Hermitage Theatre venue on May 13. The ballet's original music score was composed by Aleksandr Karpov. The set and costumes, in turn, are the responsibility of the talented artist Olga Shaishmelashvili, while the lighting is being designed by Igor Fomin.


May 3 is the birthday of Askold Anatolievich Makarov: People's Artist of the USSR; an outstanding dancer, ballet master, and teacher; holder of the USSR State Award, the Order of Friendship, and the Order of Honour; president of the Saint-Petersburg Union of Concert Artists; and member of the World Club of Petersburgers.


Igor Petrovich Kuzmin was born in Krasnoyarsk, on August 8, 1947.

He graduated from the Novosibirsk Choreography School (S.G. Ivanov's class).


On April 1 and 2, the dancers from the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre performed Giselle, one of the crown jewels of the company's classical repertoire, at the famous Theater Im Pfalzbau in the German city of Ludwigshafen.


From March 5 till March 28, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will be taking its classical rendition of Swan Lake across Canada. The most famous ballet in the world will be presented in front of audiences from Ottawa, Montreal, St. John's, Moncton, Charlottetown,  Fredericton, Quebec, Saint John, and Halifax.


On February 22, Giselle was performed at Nordea, a concert hall in Tallinn that is considered to be the best state-of-the-art music venue in Scandinavia. The dancers' daily classical barre classes, in turn, were held at the Tallinna Filharmoonia, the historical 15th-century building of the Tallinn Philharmonic Society, located in the city's Old Town.


The dancers from the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre performed The Nutcracker and Giselle in four Italian cities, at the best venues of the most famous theatres, all of which have fascinating history and inimitably beautiful architecture.


From mid-January to early February, the company of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre travelled across France and Switzerland, giving performances of The Nutcracker and Giselle. This extensive tour spanned three weeks, seven cities, and twelve shows.