Founded by Konstantin Tachkin in 1994, the Saint Petersburg Ballet Theatre is one of the leading classical ballet companies
It is based right in the heart of Saint Petersburg on Liteiniy Prospect and has in its repertoire such masterpieces of world renowned choreography as Giselle by Adolphe Adam, Don Quixote, La Bayadère and Paquita by Ludwig Minkus, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The St Petersburg Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty by Peter Tchaikovsky, Les Sylphides (Chopiniana), Romeo ans Juliet by Sergei Prokofiev and others.
SPBT gives on average 200-250 performances per year and is the only classical ballet company in the world that is completely independent of government financial aid or sponsor’s funding – a truly unique phenomenon in today’s world.
Since SPBT was founded, its tours have ranged over 6 continents. St Petersburg Ballet Theatre has travelled to countries such as Spain, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland, France, Italy, Austria,Switzerland, Finland, USA (with Gala concert program), Brazil, Turkey (Istanbul), South Africa, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Macau and Taiwan.
There are sixty professional ballet artists in the company, all graduates of either the world famous Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy or other significant ballet schools. Well-known former dancers work with them as ballet masters and mistresses: People’s Artist of Russia Lyubov Kunakova, Merited Artist of Russia Yuri Gumba and Natiana Linnik.