Le Corsaire

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Adolphe Adam and others / Manuel Legris after Marius Petipa

Ballet in three acts with a prologue and epilogue 
Libretto: Manuel Legris and Jean-François Vazelle after George Byron, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier
Premiere of this production: 20 March 2016, Wiener Staatsballett, Vienna
Polish premiere of this production: 17 September 2020, Polish National Ballet, Warsaw

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  • Act I

    40 min.

  • Intermission

    20 min.

  • Act II

    35 min.

  • Intermission

    20 min.

  • Act III

    45 min.

Duration: 2 h 40 min.

  • Cast
    Conrad
    Patryk Walczak
    Médora
    Yuka Ebihara
    Gulnare
    Mai Kageyama
    Lanquedem
    Ryota Kitai
    Birbanto
    Maksim Woitiul
    Zulmée
    Emilia Stachurska
    Seyd Pasha
    Wojciech Ślęzak
    Odalisque 1.
    Melissa Abel
    Odalisque 2.
    Palina Rusetskaya
    Odalisque 3.
    Jaeeun Jung
    Conrad
    Dawid Trzensimiech
    Médora
    Chinara Alizade
    Gulnare
    Melissa Abel
    Lanquedem
    Marco Esposito
    Birbanto
    Diogo de Oliveira
    Zulmée
    Aneta Zbrzeźniak
    Seyd Pasha
    Łukasz Tużnik
    Odalisque 1.
    Elisabetta Formento
    Odalisque 2.
    Anna Czeszejko
    Odalisque 3.
    Yume Okano
    Conrad
    Vladimir Yaroshenko
    Médora
    Jaeeun Jung
    Gulnare
    Palina Rusetskaya
    Lanquedem
    Marco Esposito
    Birbanto
    Cezary Wąsik
    Zulmée
    Elisabetta Formento
    Seyd Pasha
    Łukasz Tużnik
    Odalisque 1.
    Aoi Choji
    Odalisque 2.
    Anna Czeszejko
    Odalisque 3.
    Remy Lamping
    Conrad
    Patryk Walczak
    Médora
    Yuka Ebihara
    Gulnare
    Mai Kageyama
    Lanquedem
    Ryota Kitai
    Birbanto
    Maksim Woitiul
    Zulmée
    Emilia Stachurska
    Seyd Pasha
    Wojciech Ślęzak
    Odalisque 1.
    Melissa Abel
    Odalisque 2.
    Palina Rusetskaya
    Odalisque 3.
    Jaeeun Jung
  • Credits
    Choreography
    Manuel Legris
    Choreography
    Marius Petipa
    Conductor
    Marta Kluczyńska
    Set and Costume Designer
    Luisa Spinatelli
    Lighting
    Marion Hewlett
    Choreographers’ Assistant
    Chantal Lefèvre
    Choreographers’ Assistant
    Albert Mirzoyan
  • 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 readers 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. Despite 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 premiered at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw in the 2020/21 season. 

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