Dancers from the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company will treat Japanese theatre-goers to their repertoire's two most outstanding shows, as part of the ambitious Russian Seasons international initiative.
As Russia and Japan prepare for the upcoming Bilateral Year that will strengthen their links in the sphere of culture and humanities, the heads of both states have personally encouraged a large-scale international project known as the Russian Seasons. The project is to include a series of tours by more than 20 of Russia's most famous cultural institutions. Our Theatre also has its very own honorary spot on this illustrious list; and during our winter tour from December 22 to January 14, we will share such cult classics as Pyotr Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and The Nutcracker with audiences from seven Japanese cities, including Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka. The shows will be accompanied by the Tokyo New City Orchestra, which will be conducted by Vladimir Artemyev, a member of our theatre's staff. It bears reminding that two years ago, following a triumphant tour across the Land of the Rising Sun, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre had the honour of bringing the 10th Russian Culture Festival in Japan to a majestic close, by performing The Nutcracker ballet.
The Russian Seasons are a milestone event for Russia and Japan alike, as they unveil new opportunities for international dialogue, allowing culture to act as a true Ambassador of Peace. The project is receiving special support from the Russian Ministry of Culture.