On April 29, members of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company took part in the CLASSICA-GALA concert at the Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Rimsky-Korsakov Saint-Petersburg State-Conservatory. The concert commemorated the 110th birth anniversary of Pyotr Gusev, Leonid Yacobson, and George Balanchine.


Members of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company took part in the Ballet world stars' gala, held in Saint-Petersburg from April 23 to April 28, as part of the 13th International DANCE OPEN Festival.


The Unknown Yacobson event was mainly dedicated to the least-studied pages in the ballet master's life story, as well as to those of his ballets and miniatures that had not been performed for many years. The discussion was held at the concert hall belonging to the Union of Theatre Workers of the Russian Federation, and featured appearances by guest speakers, such as the veteran members of the original Choreographic Miniatures Company, and performers from the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky theatres.


In 1982, the UNESCO International Dance Council put forth an initiative to establish an International Dance Day. я танца. The date for the holiday was suggested by Pyotr Gusev, a teacher and choreographer from Saint-Petersburg, and founder of the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre. The City of Saint-Petersburg celebrates the Dance Day with a lavish display of ballet masterpieces, as well as with creative workshops and exhibitions.


At 7 p.m. on March 30, Leonid Sarafanov, a principal dancer at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, took his unique classical dance workshop to the rehearsal hall at the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, in Mayakovsky street.


A special episode of The Royal Box, a Rossiya-Kultura (Russia-Culture) Channel documentary series, has been dedicated to Leonid Veniaminovich Yacobson, the Ballet Theatre bearing his name, and the Russian Ballet Masterpieces anniversary programme. The documentary was shot in the theatre during rehearsals, and on March 6, when the company performed at the Hermitage Theatre.


From March 13 to March 17, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company went on a tour to Turkey. The dancers performed for three nights, giving the audience a chance to see the Swan Lake ballet — a universally acknowledged world-class masterpiece, with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov.


This March in Saint-Petersburg, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre launched a unique programme, entitled Russian Ballet Masterpieces. It showcases a collection of the great choreographer's most famous creations, brought back to life by his reverent successors, including the Spartacus and Wedding Cortège ballets, choreographic miniatures from the Rodin and Classicism-Romanticism cycles, and genre scenes.


On March 1, the Saint-Petersburg State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre gave a performance at the Anton Arensky Novgorod Oblast Philharmonic, thus contributing to the 45th Russian Music Art Festival, held as part of the National Year of Culture initiative.


The revival of Aram Khachaturian's Spartacus by the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre became the main event of this season. One could even go so far as to call this performance a première, as most of the dancers had to study the choreography of this legendary ballet for the first time in their lives. Some of the tutors that oversaw the rehearsals had had the honour of working with Leonid Yacobson in person; their task was to train several line-ups of the cast.