28 / 09 / 2023

Leonid Yacobson Academic Ballet Theatre opens its anniversary season

    On 28 September, the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre will be hosting the IV International Art Festival, Shostakovich. Beyond Time. During the event, Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will open its 55th season with a special programme titled Forever Timeless. Leonid Yacobson’s Choreographic Masterpieces. The show will be comprised of several miniatures from the Classicism-Romanticism cycle, along with two one-act ballets: Brilliant Divertissement (score by Mikhail Glinka) and The Wedding Cortège (score by Dmitry Shostakovich).

    Andrian Fadeev, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation and art Director of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, shares: ‘Our Theatre started counting its seasons in 1969, when Leonid Yacobson took the helm at the Chamber Ballet Company, renaming it to Choreographic Miniatures. Which means that this September marks our 55th anniversary, and we will do our best to make this a particularly eventful, memorable occasion. We will have more news about our December première very soon. I am confident that it will become a major milestone in our country’s cultural life. And in the spring of 2024, on Leonid Yacobson’s 120th birth anniversary, we will most definitely treat our public to an all-new set of restored shows by our founder, as well as a new ballet by Russia’s most unique modern choreographer.’

    The Theatre’s tour schedule for the next few months will include Serbia and Thailand.

    On 24 and 25 October, during the Hermitage Days in Serbia event, the Yacobson Ballet will present a number of productions at the Belgrade National Theatre: miniatures from Yacobson’s Rodin and Classicism-Romanticism cycles, Vyacheslav Samodurov’s one-act show Cheeky Chastushki, and select scenes from the Swan Lake and Don Quixote ballets.

    And from 19 to 24 December, 2023, we will come to Bangkok and Phuket to take part in the International Ballet Week in Thailand, by introducing the Thai public to the gems of Russian ballet classics.

    On 19 and 20 December, the troupe will play Swan Lake and The Nutcracker in Bangkok, followed by showings in Phuket on 23 and 24 December, when theatre-goers from southern Thailand will see these Russian ballets for the very first time in history. All performances will be accompanied by the Royal Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Valery Ovsyannikov.