Wojciech Kilar, Karol Szymanowski / Anna Hop, Izadora Weiss

Ballet evening in two parts

Exodus (world premiere)
Ballet in one act
Conception and choreography: Anna Hop
Music: Wojciech Kilar (Exodus, Piano Concerto No. 1: movements 1 & 3, Bogurodzica)

Flights-Harnasie  (world premiere)
Ballet in one act
Libretto: Izadora Weiss inspired by a vignette from Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights and Karol Szymanowski’s libretto
Choreography: Izadora Weiss
Music: Karol Szymanowski (Symphony No. 4: movements 1 & 2, Harnasie)

World premiere: 13 November 2021, Polish National Ballet

  • About the production

    Tumultuous and full of unheard-of adventures, the love story of Conrad and Medora told by George Byron in his oriental tale in verse The Corsair (1814) ignited the imagination of subsequent generations of reader as well as serving as a basis for numerous ballet adaptations, the most frequently staged and reworked of them being the French version choreographed by Joseph Mazilier and set to music by Adolphe-Charles Adam, the composer of the famed Romantic ballet Giselle. Mazilier and Adam’s Le Corsaire, a ballet-pantomime in three acts, was given its debut in 1856 at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra in Paris. Just a year later an adaptation by Roman Turczynowicz was shown at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw, gaining great popularity just as it did elsewhere in Europe. In Russia, at the Mariinsky in St Petersburg, Le Corsaire was staged by Marius Petipa, who based his work on Mazilier’s choreography as well. 

    Four years ago the famous ballet was revisited by French choreographer and director of the Wiener Staatsballett, Manuel Legris, whose original neoclassical version subsequently premiered in Vienna. Legris, formerly a long-standing soloist of the Paris Opera and Rudolf Nureyev’s favourite, admits that although originally created for the Paris audience, Le Corsaire has not been performed in the city for years. Ins site of that, enchanted by Adam’s music, the choreographer decided to revive the piece in Vienna. He nevertheless simplified the complex libretto by J.-H. Vernoy de Saint-Georges, whose original version could be used to make not one but ten ballets. 

    Manuel Legris’s Viennese version of Le Corsaire premieres at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw in the 2020/21 season. 

  • Performances
  • Credits
    Choreographer and Costume Designer EXODUS
    Anna Hop
    Choreographer and Costume Designer FLIGHTS-HARNASIE
    Izadora Weiss
    Music EXODUS
    Wojciech Kilar
    Karol Szymanowski
    Conductor (premiere)
    Łukasz Borowicz
    Marta Kluczyńska
    Set and Lighting Designer, Multimedia EXODUS
    Małgorzata Szabłowska
    Set Designers FLIGHTS-HARNASIE
    Katarzyna Sobańska
    Set Designers FLIGHTS-HARNASIE
    Marcel Sławiński
    Bogumił Palewicz