48th season, 2016—2017

On September 27, the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre opened its 48th season with a performance at the Opéra Grand Avignon, treating the audience to Chopiniana, a one-act choreographic suite with music by Frederic Chopin and choreography by Michel Fokine, and to restored Grand pas from Paquita, a ballet with music by Ludwig Minkus and choreography by Marius Petipa. The show took place at the local opera (Opéra Grand Avignon) and was part of a larger event, a festival titled Saint-Petersburg — Avignon: Saint-Petersburg Seasons 2016.

On October 17 and 18 (at the Alexandrinsky Theatre) and on November 23 (at the Lensoviet Palace of Culture), the Leonid Yacobson Company will perform the Swan Lake ballet, with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. The scenery for the ballet has been designed by Vyacheslav Okunev.

On October 19 (at the Alexandrinsky Theatre) and on November 21 (at the Lensoviet Palace of Culture), the audience will see the Giselle romantic ballet, with music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa.

On December 29 and 30, the Yacobson Ballet will perform at the main venue of the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, showcasing this season's premiere, Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty. The production has been staged by Jean-Guillaume Bart (France), who also wrote the libretto; the set has been designed by Olga Shaishmelashvili; and lighting, by Evgeny Ganzburg.

On November 17, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a spectacular event at the Hermitage Theatre . The event programme will include a presentation of an exhibition dedicated to the history of the theatre, and to its founder, the truly remarkable choreographer Leonid Veniaminovich Yacobson. The exhibition will feature a number of unique items, courtesy of the theatre's museum archive. Another highlight of the evening will be the authentic footage that documents the theatre's creative work from the late sixties to the present day. The celebration will culminate with a concert, which will cover all the famous shows from Leonid Yacobson's heritage.

On November 2 and December 1, the Leonid Yacobson Company will perform The Nutcracker (with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and choreography by Vasili Vainonen) at the Lensoviet Palace of Culture.

Then, in early December, we will leave on a large-scale tour across Europe with several classical shows: Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, and Chopiniana — and our own gala program.

The gala program will be showcased at the Théâtre d'Esch (Esch sur Alzette, Luxembourg) on December 4, as well as at several locations across France: at the Théâtre du Vésinet in Le Vésinet on December 13; at the Théâtre de Chartres in Chartres on January 10; and at the Théâtre La Coupole in Saint-Louis on January 25.

We will perform The Nutcracker on December 6 and 7, at the Espace Michel Simon venue in the city of Noisy le Grand. Sleeping Beauty, in turn, will be shown to the French public at the Opéra de Massy in Massy on December 9, 10, and 11; at the Théâtre de Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on December 15, 16, and 17; at the Palais des festivals et congres de Cannes in Cannes on December 31 and January 1; at the Théâtre Le Forum in Fréjus on January 3; and at the Odyssud Culture Centre in Blagnac on January 5, 6, 7, and 8. The Swan Lake ballet will be performed on January 12, at the Théâtre des Sablons in Neuilly-sur-Seine.

We will also take The Nutcracker ballet to Switzerland, where we will showcase it at the Theater Winterthur in Winterthur on January 19, 20, 21, and 22 (the performance will be accompanied by a symphony orchestra). Our other appearances in Switzerland will be on January 27 and 28 at the Théâtre du Passage in the city of Neuchâtel, where we will perform Sleeping Beauty.

In late December, we will be taking the Giselle, The Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty ballets, along with the gala program, to Germany. The shows will take place at the Jahrhunderthalle culture and congress centre in Frankfurt am Main on December 20 and 21; at the Staats Theater in Darmstadt on December 22 and 23; at the Kurhaus concert hall in Wiesbaden on December 27 and 28; and at the Forum am Schlosspark conference centre in Ludwigsburg on January 15.