From January 19 to February 4, the Leonid Yacobson Ballet Company toured across Switzerland and France with its classical rendition of Giselle, as well as with this season's premiere show, the One-Act Ballet Recital, which comprised the Chopiniana choreographic suite, Grand pas from Paquita, and The Rehearsal ballet.
On January 20, Giselle, Adolphe Adam's world-famous faerie ballet, was shown to the Swiss public at Théâtre du Crochetan in the city of Monthey. Afterwards, on January 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, and 31, the company performed the ballet at the Maison de la Danse, in Lyons, France.
Maison de la Danse (literally, the House of Dance) is a world-famous venue, designed by the outstanding architect Pierre Bourdeix and especially noteworthy for the unconventional semi-circular shape of its glass-paned façade. It was built especially for ballet performances and various dance shows. Now it continues to serve as an important dance centre, hosting hundreds of unique events from dozens of countries across the world every year.
On February 3, we moved to Neuilly-sur-Seine, a charming town in the suburbs of Paris and the birthplace of such paragons of modern French culture as the actor Jean-Paul Belmondo or writer Frédéric Beigbeder, where shown this season's premiere, the One-Act Ballet Recital, at the Théâtre des Sablons. The Recital included Chopiniana, a choreographic masterpiece by Michel Fokine; Grand Pas from the Paquita ballet, a revival of the Bolshoi Theatre's classical Grand pas, first staged by Marius Petipa; and The Rehearsal, a modern ballet by Konstantin Keikhel.
The Russian dancers' astounding performance was received most enthusiastically by the French public, and merited highly positive reviews in social networks and local mass media. For instance, references to the Yacobson Theatre's tour may be found in the following sources: Mon week end à Lyon ('Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre. Giselle'), Lyon capitale ('Giselle, a classical ballet gem, performed at Maison de la Danse'), and Le Progrès ('Timeless Giselle').