Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre to Tour Canada This Spring

From March 5 till March 28, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre will be taking its classical rendition of Swan Lake across Canada. The most famous ballet in the world will be presented in front of audiences from Ottawa, Montreal, St. John's, Moncton, Charlottetown,  Fredericton, Quebec, Saint John, and Halifax.

This is will not the first time for the company to cross the ocean: the dancers have already had a chance to perform in Canada, as well as the USA and Cuba. The new invitation for 2015, extended by the team responsible for managing theatre tours in Canada, serves as additional proof of well-earned eager interest towards the renowned dance company.

The Yacobson Ballet Theatre will perform at the Algonquin Theatre in Ottawa (Ontario) on March 7; at the Théâtre Desjardins in Montreal (Quebec) on March 8; at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's (Newfoundland) on March 11 and 12; at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton on March 14; at the Confederation Centre in Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island) on March 15; at The Playhouse in Fredericton (New Brunswick) on March 17; at Le Capitole de Quebec in Quebec on March 18 and 19; at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John (New Brunswick) on March 24 and 25; and at the Dalhouse Art Centre in Halifax (Nova Scotia) on March 26.

One of the most impeccable creations of world art, Swan Lake is the most renowned ballet in the world. Its music and choreography are universally regarded as a world-class ballet masterpiece.

It is commonly believed that Marius Petipa was the father of Swan Lake's unique choreography, but it was the master’s modest assistant, Lev Ivanov, who made ballet a truly Russian, song-like art form.  He was the one who staged the famous, choreographically perfect swan scenes. Marius Petipa, in turn, worked on the palace and court ball scenes, as well as on the intricately interwoven waltzes and the Spanish, Hungarian, and Polish dances.

Petipa also gave Ivanov’s white swan queen Odette a dark double, Odile, and created a breathtakingly beautiful ‘black’ pas de deux for the second act.

Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov were the first to sense the innovative character of Tchaikovsky’s ballet music, and its ability to portray the protagonists’ personalities through interaction and character development. This production introduced a new form of the ballet theatre – the so-called symphonic ballet.

Today, the Yacobson Ballet Theatre stages Swan Lake in the Mariinsky Theatre version, which is the closest to the original: with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, libretto by Vladimir Begichev and Vasily Geltser, set design by Semyon Pastukh, and costume design by Galina Solovyova.

The leading parts are performed by the theatre's soloists, with Alla Bocharova, Darya Elmakova, and Maria Menshikova as Odette/Odile; Aleksandr Abaturov and Artyom Pykhachov as Prince Siegfried; Andrey Gudyma as the Jester; and Sergey Davydov as Rothbart.