St Petersburg, Concert Hall

Forever Timeless. Leonid Yacobson's Ballet Masterpieces

choreographic miniatures

Performance by the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre


Soloists of the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre

Soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre: Viktoria Tereshkina, Roman Belyakov

Running time 1 hours 50 minutes

Age category 6+


Choreography: Leonid Yakobson
Stage designers: Vyacheslav Okunev
Author of video content: Leonid Yakobson (junior)
Costume Designers: Vyacheslav Okunev, Anna Yakushchenko
Lighting Designers: Evgeny Gansburg

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.

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