Biography of Leonid Vanjaminovich Jacobson (1904-1975)

Dancer, choreographer, teacher of ballet and Russian artistic director, born in Petersburgo on January 15, 1904 and died in Moscow on October 18, 1975.

He began studies of dance in the school of Alexander Chekrygin, where then went to the Leningrad choreographic school under the tutelage of Vladimir Ponomarev, where he/she graduated in 1926. That same year he/she debuted with the Gosudarstvenny Akademichesky Teatr Oper, mainly as a dancer of character roles, and began performing his first "choreographic miniatures", ballets of short duration that are represented in a same function. He/She was a dancer and choreographer of the Ballet Bolshoi Moscow (1933-42) and the Ballet Kirov in Leningrad (1942-69). The work carried out in this period include: Till Eulenspeigel (Strauss, 1933), the first Polka (Glinka, 1934), illusions lost (Asafiev, 1936), meditations (Tchaikovsky, 1938), the girl blind (Pons-Heifitz, 1941), Capricho Spanish (Rimsky-Korsakov, 1944), Pulcinella (Rachmaninoff, 1947), Mazurka (Chopin, 1949), Solveig (Grieg and Asafiev, 1952), Dawn (Ravel, 1953), Tramps (Karavagchuck, 1959), the twelve (Tishchenko, 1964) and Baba-Yaga (Mussorgsky, 1965), some created for the choreographic schools of Moscow and Leningrad. It mounted a solo for Mikhail Baryshnikov entitled Vestris (Banschikov, 1969), who presented the dancer at the I International Ballet competition in Moscow. In 1970 he/she founded the company's choreographic miniatures of Leningrad, which he/she directed until his death. For he/she choreographed: hat (Sarasate, 1971), and Mozartiana Pas de Deux (Donizetti, Rossini and others, 1973), among others. In 1551 he/she was awarded the Lenin prize.