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234th Season

Main Stage

15 January
2024 | Monday
Choreographic Miniatures "Brilliant Divertissement". Performance by the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre
Artists Credits
Cast to be announced
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Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes

Leonid Yakobson, a luminary of 20th-century choreography, has often been heralded in the same breath as esteemed figures such as George Balanchine, Roland Petit, and Maurice Béjart. A distinguished alumnus of the Leningrad Choreographic School – now known as the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet – he impeccably mastered the classics. Yet, driven by a fervent desire for artistic liberation, Yakobson ventured beyond the constraints of academia. Thus, the distinct Yakobsonian theatre was born – a daring, vivid tapestry of imagination, resplendent in its whimsy and originality.

Following the tour of "Choreographic Miniatures" (today known as the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre) in Paris, the local press acclaimed, "The troupe's modernity shines not only in its mood but also in its choice of music – Honegger, Debussy, and its affinity for visual arts: Chagall, Rodin. It's evident that Leonid Yakobson was not bereft of imagination or audacity. To transcend the orthodoxy of the academic style, he embraced the singular path of character dance, replete with evocative gestures and creative flourishes. The Leningrad modern ballet suggests that when Soviet performers immerse themselves in contemporary dance, the world ought to take earnest heed."

Yakobson's genius most resplendently manifested in his smaller-scale works. His series of miniatures, Rodin and Classicism-Romanticism have achieved iconic status, along with the one-act ballets: Wedding Procession to the music of Shostakovich, Brilliant Divertissement set to Glinka's compositions, and Exercise XX choreographed to Bach's melodies.

Today, these masterpieces can exclusively be witnessed through performances by the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre. In the 2023-2024 season, the playbill will showcase several programmes, composed of works expressly crafted for the grand maestro of Leningrad's signature theatre.


Act I
Miniatures from the Classicism-Romanticism cycle

Pas de Quatre
Music: Vincenzo Bellini

Pas de Deux
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Medieval Dance with Kisses
Music: Sergey Prokofiev

Music: Pablo de Sarasate

The Swan
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns

Pas de Trois
Music: Gioacchino Rossini

Taglioni’s Flight
Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Act II
Miniatures from the Classicism-Romanticism and Choreographic Sketches cycles

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music: Gennady Banshchikov

Pas de Deux
Music: Gioacchino Rossini

The Brilliant Divertissement
one-act ballet
Music: Mikhail Glinka

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