Leonid Yacobson Theatre Rings in the Latest Season
On 20 September, Leonid Yacobson Academic Ballet Theatre will open its 54th season. The first item on the new playbill is The Swan Lake, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, which the troupe will play at the Mariinsky Theatre. The same venue will also host Don Quixote on 24 September.
The Theatre has planned two premières for the upcoming season. Firstly, we are working on a ballet set to Rodion Shchedrin’s Cheeky Chastushki, to commemorate the composer’s 90th birthday. Vyacheslav Samodurov, three-time winner of the Golden Mask and director of Ural Ballet, will be in charge of choreography. The set will be created by Anastasia Nefyodova, also three-time Golden Mask winner, head stage designer at Stanislavsky Electrotheatre. The first-time performance will take place at Mariinsky Theatre in December.
During the second half of the season, the troupe will present yet another programme centred around Leonid Yacobson’s heritage. The choreographic pieces are being restored by our tutors, Vera Solovyova and Nikolay Levitsky, whom the great ballet master once tailored his creations to.
The Theatre will continue touring actively this season as well. In late October, our troupe will contribute to the Mariinsky-Vladikavkaz International festival with The Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. And during our Grand Tour in winter, the public in Vladivostok will get to enjoy our show Forever Timeless. Leonid Yacobson’s Choreographic Masterpieces. In addition, we are planning tours to Minsk, Yerevan and Astana.
Andrian Fadeev, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, art director of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre: ‘The new season promises to be interesting and rich in creativity. We are already hard at work on our ballet to Rodion Shchedrin’s music, which will première in December and will become our birthday present to this outstanding contemporary composer. Furthermore, we are eager to delight our public with a new selection of restored Yacobson ballets, which we will present in the latter half of the season. In Saint Petersburg, our shows will, as per tradition, run at the hospitable venues of Mariinsky and Alexandrinsky Theatres. Our further plans include tours throughout Russia, Belarus, Armenia and Kazakhstan.’