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State Academic Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre (Saint Petersburg)

The company was founded as the first Theatre of Ballet in Russia under the management of the People‘s Artist of Russia, Professor Peter Gusev in 1966. P. Gusev, the notable artist and balletmaster graduated from the Petrograd Choreographic Academy in 1922 and was an artist of Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre untill 1935. From 1940-1950 hedi...   Show more
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History

In Russia, Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre is within the best Russian Ballet companies. Beautifully decorated hall located in the building of the 19th century Palace.

The Ballet company is internationally acknowledged and has successful tours in the USA, UK and Europe. Most of the Palace Ballet Dancers are graduators of the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy - most of the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet dancers are graduators of the same academy.

The company was founded as the first Theatre of Ballet in Russia under the management of the People‘s Artist of Russia, Professor Peter Gusev in 1966. P. Gusev, the notable artist and balletmaster graduated from the Petrograd Choreographic Academy in 1922 and was an artist of Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theatre untill 1935. From 1940-1950 he directed the Kirov Ballet, then (1958-1960) was the organizer of the Ballet Theatre in Peking, ballet schools, in Shanghai and Guanchjou. From 1960-1966 P. Gusev worked as a balletmaster in the Maly Opera and Ballet Theatre and then in Novosibirsk Theatre. Therefore, before the creation of the Russian Classical Ballet Palace theatre he had already time to prove himself as a brilliant choreographer of Ballet Art Schools.

In 1969 the post of Artistic Director and Manager was occupied by the prominent choreographer, outstanding balletmaster, Honoured Artist of Russia and State Prize Laureate - Leonid Jacobson. The best-known of his ballets are: SCHURALE, SPARTACUS, THE BUG and others. But the leading form of Jacobson‘s balletmaster art was choreographic miniature. He demonstrated a mastery of different epochs and styles, producing numerous imaginative and original ballets on a wide variety of themes from ancient monuments to romantic ballets and finally to the spontaneous expressiveness of our day. Along with this, he used for his miniatures the music of the greatest composers: Grieg (The Hunter and the Bird), Tchaikovsky (Reflection), Strauss (Wien Valtz), Stravinsky (Troika), Debussy, Prokofiev and Berg (Rodin) and many others. Therefore, the original name of the Company is "Choreographic Miniatures". The first program of this exciting company was repeated with triumphant success over a hudred times to packed audiences in Saint-Petersburg and later all over Russia. In 1976 his friend and favourite dancer Askold Makarov became his successor. 

Askold Makarov, the leading soloist of the Kirov ballet, whose talent was highly appreciated all over the world as well as in Russia, State Prize Laureate, Professor and Chairman of the Saint-Petersburg Union of performers. In 2001, after death of A.A.Makarov in December 2000, the post of Artistic Director was occupied by the famous choreographer, People‘s Artist of Russia, State Prize Laureate of Russia, Laureate to International Ballet competition - Yuri Petukhov. The company constantly extends its sphere of activity. Their creativity has been accumulated over the years, and the mastery of the high traditions of Russian Ballet is being passed on to a younger generation of artist, Russian and foreign. The ballet artist demonstrate their skill at the International Ballet Competitions. The Theatre administration regularly organizes the Master - Classes, which are visited by both professionals and amateurs of Ballet Arts. As regards the repertoire, it consists of both classical and modern ballet performances - more than 60 dance items and 20 one-act ballets.

 Yury Petukhov - Artistic Director of the Russian Classical Ballet Palace theatre

Artistic Director of the Russian Classical Ballet Palace theatre, People‘s Artist of Russia, State Prize Laureate of Russia, Laureate to International Ballet competition, Yury Petukhov was born on November 06, 1953.

After finishing the Perm choreographic school (teacher Y.i. Plaht), he began working in 1972 at the Perm theatre. Debuted in a party Franz. The first performer of parties: the Germann‘s double ("Three cards", 1973), Truffaldino ("The Servant of two misters", 1976, choreography by N. N. Boyarchikov), Adam ("Creation of the world", 1974), choreography by M. M. Gasiev). Since 1979 works at Maly opera and ballet theatre. The first performer of parties in ballets put by Boyarchikov: Gerakl, Franz ("Robbers", 1982), Makbet ("Makbet", 1984), the choreographic compositions by L. S. Lebedev: "Two dances in style gagaku" (1988), "Illusion" (1989), "Vii" (1990). The job with this balletmaster detailed has opened the person of the actor.

Possession by gift of transformation allowing him to create the contrast, the emotional Images, possession of masterly technique of classical have ensured to him all the leading roles of both the classical and modern choreographical repertoires. He performed the following leading roles: Albert ("Giselle"), Zigfrid ("Swan Lake"), Kolen; Peter ("Halt of Cavalry"), Boris ("King Boris"), Podkolesin ("Marriage"), Grigoryi ("Silent Don"), Foreman ("Foreman and Margarita"), Snake-charmer ("Kleopatra"), Vision of a rose ("Vision of Rose"), Basill, Desire, Prince ("Nutcracker"), Romeo, Mercuzio and Benvolio ("Romeo and Juletta"), Orfei ("Orfei and Evridika").

 Being by one of the most interesting performer of a modern choreography he continues to create new. After graduating in 1989 balletmaster‘s part of the Leningrad Conservatory he puts ballets on stages of different theatres: "Fly cranes" (1985, Maly Theatre), "Don Quixote" (1987, theatre "Estonia"), "White knight" (Maly theatre), "Karmen" (Valencia), "Cinderella", "Nutcracker" (Tokio) and small ballet: "Picture", "Drama three" and many others.

On 2 International Ballet competition Yury Petukhov has received 1 premium for the best choreography and 3 premium as a balletmaster and teachers throughout Russia and abroad.

Dress code for the theater of Russian classical ballet

There is no strict dress code for the Russian Classical Ballet Palace theatre. Casual dress is accepted, for example you can wear jeans if you want. The only dress that are not allowed are shorts and T-shirts.