From December 9 to 28, our theatrical company was away on an ambitious tour across Japan, giving the audiences in seven cities an opportunity to see the classical rendition of The Nutcracker. In addition, our soloists contributed to two gala concerts in Tokyo.
The dancers from the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre performed at Tajimishi Bunkakaikan in Gifu on December 12, at the Nagano Prefectural Ina Culture Hall in Nagano on December 13, at the Kyoto-Gekijo in Kyoto on December 15, at the NHK Osaka Hall in Osaka on December 16, and at the Toyama Colare in Toyama on December 18. Afterwards, they moved on to Tokyo, where they gave several shows: at the Tokyo International Forum on December 19 and 20 and at the Meguro Persimmon Hall and the Olympus Hall Hachioji on December 23 and 24.
Leonid Yacobson theatre's version of The Nutcracker concluded the 10th Festival of Russian Culture in Japan. The festival was attended by over 652 thousand people this year alone, while during its overall ten-year history, it has acquainted as many as 13 million Japanese art lovers with Russia's top music theatres, symphony orchestras, and museums.
The tour ended with two gala concerts, which took place at the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Japan's capital on December 25 and 26, and received high critical acclaim from the local media. In Russia, the tour was covered by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper: 'The Saint-Petersburg Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre is to delight the audiences at the Tokyo International Concert Hall with Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, Russia's most well-loved ballet to watch during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Up to five thousand Japanese theatre-goers were filled with gratitude and excitement as they soaked up the magic of the great composer's music and the Russian dancers' masterful performance. This, yet again, proves that Christmas stories, where Good inevitably triumphs over Evil, are needed in every corner of the world. These stories soften our hearts and help young children discover the true meaning of life'. (Mikhail Shvydkoy, The Nutcracker in Global Politics, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, December 22, 2015).