Sep 17-18, 2015
Celebrating the Legacy of Leonid Yakobson: From Oppression to Honor
Experience dance up close and personal with BB@home, an intimate performance at Boston Ballet's headquarters in Boston's historic South End. Enjoy an evening of immersive performance and engaging conversation at Studio 7, Boston Ballet's grand rehearsal studio that transforms into a state-of-the-art black box theatre. This Fall's BB@home, titled Celebrating the Legacy of Leonid Yakobson: From Oppression to Honor, features works by revolutionary choreographer Leonid Yakobson as well as a conversation with Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and dance historian Janice Ross, author of Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia.
An unsung contemporary of George Balanchine, Leonid Yakobson was born in St. Petersburg at the turn of the 20th century and suffered severe persecution for retaining his Jewish identity. Noted for an "explosive" and experimental style, Yakobson's innovative work was censored by Soviet authority for challenging classical ballet. Boston Ballet will shed new light on Yakobson's transformative style, presenting Pas de Quatre, an elegant expression of romanticism to be reprised later this season on the Boston Opera House stage as part of the Kaleidoscope program, and four pas de deux from Rodin, a breathtaking suite of miniatures set to musical excerpts by Berg, Prokofiev, and Debussy. Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and author Janice Ross will delve into the world of Yakobson's groundbreaking, yet suppressed, influence. The program also honors the 40th anniversary of Yakobson's death. Witness this rare performance in an intimate space and join Boston Ballet in honoring the legacy of a brilliant choreographic voice.
Janice Ross, author of Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia, will be signing her book post-performance. You can pre-purchase the book here.
Pas de Quatre
Choreography: Leonid Yakobson Staging: Vera Solovyeva & Nikolay Levitskiy Music: Vincenzo Bellini Lighting: John Cuff
Rodin miniatures; The Eternal Spring, The Kiss, Eternal Idol, and Minotaur and Nymph
Choreography: Leonid Yakobson Staging: Vera Solovyeva & Nikolay Levitskiy Music: Claude Debussy, Sergei Prokofiev, Alban Berg Lighting: John Cuff
BB@home takes place at Boston Ballet's South End Headquarters, 19 Clarendon Street, Boston MA