From November 8 to November 10, the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre went on a tour to Crimea, which was supported and encouraged by the Russian Ministry of Culture. The dancers performed Vasili Vainonen's version of The Nutcracker.
The Nutcracker ballet is traditionally shown in many theatres across the world during the annual Christmas and New Year festivities. The Crimean audience, however, got a chance to receive this lavish Christmas gift as early as November. Leonid Yacobson theatre's version of The Nutcracker enveloped the guests in an entrancing atmosphere of dreams and faerie adventures.
The Nutcracker is one of the most popular and best-loved ballets in the world. Its music score has become an integral part of world culture and is counted among the most precious gems of the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s heritage.
Since the very birth of this music in 1891, generations of production directors have been tackling a most challenging task — creating a ballet that would be both a fairytale and a philosophical poem at the same time, interesting for children and adults alike.
The choreographer Vasili Vainonen came up with an ideal performance, with unbelievable magic tricks, brightly coloured dolls, and sparkling festive lights decorating a Christmas tree... The result was both a cheerful kids' show and a profound drama, saturated with romantic undertones and filled with philosophical musings about ideal happiness. This eclectic style turned The Nutcracker into a 20th-century classic, and a true crown jewel of Leonid Yacobson Theatre's repertoire.
The outstanding Russian theatre artist Vladimir Fifer and his son and colleague Aleksandr Khramtsov have designed an amazingly unique set and colourful costumes especially for the Leonid Yacobson Theatre.
The company gave a performance at the Crimea Academic Music Theatre in Simferopol on November 8 and at the Culture and Information Centre in Sevastopol on November 10.