On May 14, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company was invited to the Hermitage Theatre, where the dancers took part in the Hermitage Gathers Friends Together charity event, honouring the International Day for Protection of Children.
This project, supported by the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, brought together as many as 200 children, aged from seven to fifteen, including children with special needs, socially disadvantaged children, children living in orphanages, and patients of the city hospitals' paediatric oncology and haematology wards. The event was organized by the Great Bear association of public organizations, and by Umka, a philanthropic institution focused on helping special-needs children.
It featured thematic tours of the State Hermitage Museum, individually tailored for every specific group of children, and a concert by members of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company; afterwards, the children received special gifts at the Hermitage Theatre lobby.
The Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre contributed to the project with a concert, which was held at the Hermitage Theatre at 2 p.m. on May 14, and featured excerpts from the company's best performances. These included vivacious genre scenes with choreography by Leonid Yacobson: The Village Don Juan, Baba Yaga, and The Gossips — as well as The Spanish Dance, The Chinese Dance, Trepak, and adagio from Pyotr Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, with choreography by Vasili Vainonen.