Vladivostok, Primorsky Stage, Great Hall

Brilliant Divertissement

Ballet evening

Performance by the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre


Soloists of the Leonid Yakobson Ballet 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
The Wedding Cortège
One-act ballet
Music: Dmitri Shostakovich

The Brilliant Divertissement
One-act ballet
Music: Mikhail Glinka


Choreography: Leonid Yakobson
Set design: Vyacheslav Okunev
The author of the video content: Leonid Yakobson

Costume designers: Tatiana Noginova, Anna Yakushchenko, Vyacheslav Okunev
Lighting designers: — Margarita Fominskaya, Evgeny Gansburg

About the production

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.

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Age category 6+

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