New Season at the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre: from The Queen of Spades to Onegin
The St.Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, headed by Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation Andrian Fadeev, is entering its 51st season.
The key highlights will include:
- two premiere shows: The Queen of Spades, produced by the Argentinian choreographer Iñaki Urlezaga especially for the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, and John Cranko's legendary Onegin
- contributions to the St. Petersburg Theatre Tours section of the International Theatre Olympics 2019: Leonid Yacobson's Choreographic Miniatures in Vladivostok and Giselle in Vladikavkaz
- tour to the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk)
- performances during the international section of the Golden Mask National Theatre Award and Festival in Israel and Latvia
- tour to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow
Our theatre officially launched the new season at the historical venue of the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on September 30, by putting on a production that was short-listed for the Golden Mask National Theatre Award and Festival: Don Quixote, with choreography by Johan Kobborg and set and costume design by Jérôme Kaplan.
The event was preceded by our contribution to the Russian Seasons in Germany, a large-scale international cultural project. On September 13 and 14, our dancers performed Don Quixote at the Staatstheater.
We have two premières of multi-act ballets planned for the 2019-2020 season; both librettos have been inspired by the works of A.S. Pushkin.
On December 5, the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Tovstonogov will host a premiere of our new production, The Queen of Spades, which is based on A.S. Pushkin's eponymous story and is set to music by P.I. Tchaikovsky. The show is being staged by Iñaki Urlezaga (Argentina), a renowned danseur and choreographer. Other members of the production team include the internationally acknowledged set designer Ezio Frigerio (Italy) and the costume designer Franca Squarciapino (Italy), who received an Oscar for her work. The new ballet draws inspiration from Pushkin's The Queen of Spades story and is to become an homage to the great Russian poet on his 220th birth anniversary. The premiere performance will be accompanied by the St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Titov, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation.
Whereas in early July, we will take another premiere — John Cranko's Onegin, with set and costume design by Jérôme Kaplan — to the Alexandrinsky Theatre.
Reid Anderson, teacher and art director of the Cranko Foundation, worked with us on the ballet for two weeks in the summer of 2019, as it is his responsibility to oversee Onegin productions on international stages. At the end of his visit, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre became the fist theatre in St. Petersburg to receive official authorisation to stage the legendary ballet.
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During the new season, our theatre will continue cooperating with the city's largest and most prestigious venues, such as the Mariinsky Theatre, the Tovstonogov Bolshoi Drama Theatre, and the Alexandrinsky Theatre.
The very first Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre show of the season was Kobborg and Kaplan's Don Quixote, which we performed on September 30 at the Mariinsky historical venue. We will return to Mariinsky with The Nutcracker on October 7, 14, and 25, and with Giselle on November 5.
The year 2020 will catch us at the Alexandrinsky Theatre, where we are to perform Don Quixote on January 6 and 7 and The Sleeping Beauty on March 8. Our further performance schedule in St. Petersburg will be available at a later date.
Our tour program for the 2019-2020 covers more visits to the various regions of Russia: during the St. Petersburg Theatre Tours section of the Theatre Olympic 2019, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will travel to the Primorsky Krai and the Republic of North Ossetia – Alania, presenting our shows at the two local venues of the Mariinsky Theatre. On October 4 and 5, we will perform Giselle at the Mariinsky National State Opera and Ballet Theatre in Vladikavkaz. The show is also included in the 3rd International Caucasus Festival The Mariinsky – Vladikavkaz. Moving on to the Primorsky Krai, we will present Russian Ballet Masterpieces at the Mariinsky Theatre's Primorsky venue on October 18 This collection of ballet miniatures celebrates Leonid Yacobson, an astoundingly talented master choreographer and founder of our Theatre. The production has been revived thanks to the invaluable contributions of Tatiana Noginova (costume design) and Alyona Pikalova and Tatiana Vyushinskaya (set design). The local public will be seeing Leonid Yacobson's productions for the very first time.
Following our New Year's tradition, we will be touring across Japan from December 18 to December 29, 2019 The Leonid Yacobson Ballet dancers will perform The Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty in a number of major cities all over the Land of the Rising Sun: Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto.
We have other foreign tours planned as well: a visit to France in the January and February of 2020 and to Italy in the March of 2020.
We will also take this season's premiere — The Queen of Spades, choreographed by Iñaki Urlezaga (Argentina) — to the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus (Minsk) on April 15 and 16, 2020
In April, we will tour with Leonid Yacobson's choreographic miniatures to Estonia and to the Bashkir Theatre of Opera and Ballet in the city of Ufa.
The May of 2020 will see our very first contribution to the Golden Mask's international programme in Israel: we will be playing Don Quixote on May 30 and 31 at the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.
And to conclude our 2019 and 2020 tours, we will be playing at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow for a whole week (from July 27 to August 2), which is a tremendous honour and responsibility for our dancers. We will be showing three ballets, including Don Quixote and The Queen of Spades, this season's premiere.