Here is the billing: http://www.jorgensen....php?eventID=41
St. Petersburg Ballet
March 27, 2008
Direct from the birthplace of classical Russian ballet, the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre is one of the most distinguished companies in Russia. With its stunning prima ballerina, this jewel of a company will perform one of the most famous and enduring of the romantic ballets. A tragic tale of innocence and betrayed love, the doomed passion of Giselle and Albrecht is reflected in the ethereal choreography and hauntingly beautiful score by Adolphe Adam.
And here is what one finds at the St. Petersburg Ballet Site http://www.spbt.ru/?...;last_rnd_id=11
SPBT IS NOT TOURING AMERICAN COLLEGES OR AMERICAN ARTS CENTRES
SPBT is not touring American colleges or American arts centres. Since October 2007 many letters are coming to our website from the USA asking us to provide more information about a forthcoming tour that SPBT (St Petersburg Ballet Theatre) is performing in America from October until spring 2008. The most repeated question is whether Irina Kolesnikova is participating in the tour.American visitors tell us they see advertising for the tour and cannot find any confirmation on our own website that Irina is touring USA. Nor can they find any confirmation on our website that SPBT is touring the USA.So many letters are coming to us every week that we are forced to make an official statement here on this site:
and a little later in the same press release:
Advertised as touring in American colleges and small arts centres with taped music is a company that has no connection whatsoever with Konstantin Tachkin’s St Petersburg Ballet Theatre – brand SPBT.
The official name of the Russian company from St Petersburg advertised as touring the USA is St. Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theater of Leonid Yakobson. Under this name they perform in the city of St Petersburg and we have no idea why they are presenting themselves in America as the St Petersburg Ballet Theatre.
There is this website for Saint Petersburg State Academic Ballet Theater of Leonid Yakobson: http://rus-ballet.co...tic-jizel-1.htm
but it's a little vague.
I'm guessing the performance will be about the quality of the other Russian companies that have come through on these 1-night stand university tours... I feel for the dancers, the tours seem to be 1-night stand after 1-night stand all across the US with a handful of longer runs (3 days?) on the outskirts of large cities like NYC.
But I wonder that there isn't something of a scandal going on here with the company using another company's name.
Too bad they don't seem to be performing any of Yakobson's work. I'm curious to see that.