On September 13 and 14, 2019, the St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre named after Leonid Yakobson will present the "Don Quixote" ballet to the music of Ludwig Minkus on the stage of the State Theatre of Darmstadt (Staatstheater Darmstadt). The tour is incorporated in the program of the international cultural project "Russian Seasons" in Germany.

The German public will see the legendary ballet staged by the world-famous Danish ballet dancer Johan Kobborg who has earned a reputation as a talented choreographer on the major stages around the globe. Dedicated to the 200th Anniversary of Marius Petipa, the “Don Quixote” production at the Leonid Yakobson Ballet Theatre became one of the high-profile premieres of the 2017–2018 Russian theatre season, receiving supreme public accolades in Saint Petersburg.

Darmstadt will be presented with a vibrant and colorful action unfolding under the hot Spanish sun where the strong passions run high. Daring characters along with the rapidly developing plot are blended with expressive choreography and sumptuous stage decorations created by the celebrated French costume and set designer Jerome Kaplan.

With his affinity for Russian ballet, Johan Cobborg, well known to both the Bolshoi and Mariinsky Theatres as a performer and choreographer, demonstrated a spring-fresh approach to the immortal classics. To his reputation of a ballet dance star, he gained fame of a subtle interpreter of the cult work by the “Russian Frenchman”, Marius Ivanovich Petipa.

The main parts in the production will be acted by Honored Artist of Russia Alla Bocharova, lead soloist of the theatre Sofia Matyushenskaya, youth prize winner Andrei Sorokin. Lead soloists: Elena Chernova, Svetlana Svinko, "Golden Stage Light" Award winner Andrei Gudyma, and Denis Klimuk.

The production by Johan Cobborg was duly acclaimed by theatre professionals. Thus, the expert council of the "Golden Mask" National Theatre Award fielded the "Don Quixote" ballet in seven nominations at once. Its premiere took place in December 2017 on two stages of St. Petersburg, and in Moscow it was presented in March 2019 in the program of the "Golden Mask" Festival.

In Darmstadt, the ballet will be given with two intermissions, lasting 2 hours 30 minutes in total.

The St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theatre named after Leonid Yakobson is a unique 50-year-old art company named after its founder, the outstanding Russian choreographer of the 20th century Leonid Veniaminovich Yakobson (1904-1975).

Its repertory incorporates world-famous classical ballets, Leonid Yakobson's masterpieces, and contemporary Russian choreography. Classics occupies a special place in its playbills: Vasili Vainonen's "Nutcracker", "Giselle" choreographed by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa, "Swan Lake" staged by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, Jean-Guillaume Bart's "Sleeping Beauty", and Johan Kobborg's "Don Quixote" have enjoyed unfailing success with the audience.

Decorated with the St. Petersburg "Golden Stage Light" Award, "Golden Mask" Russian National Theatre Award, and Taglioni European Ballet Awards, the theatre propels the ideas of today's young choreographers developing the innovative Yakobson's approaches.

The company performs at the most prestigious venues in St. Petersburg, participates in international festivals, actively tours at home and overseas.


Venue:Staatstheater Darmstadt, Georg-Büchner-Platz 1, 64283 Darmstadt



September 13, 19:30 – "Don Quixote", ballet

September 14, 19:30 – "Don Quixote", ballet