Ballet Le Corsaire
Thursday 11 January 2018, 18H:30

Le Corsaire


Since its première in 1856 at the Opéra de Paris, Le Corsaire is ranked among the most impressive ballets d’action (dramatic ballet) of the nineteenth century. Inspired by Lord Byron’s epic poem and set in the ancient Turkish city of Adrianople, Le Corsaire recounts the adventures of Conrad, the spirited corsair, who falls in love with the beautiful Medora, a captive of Lankedem the slave trader, and who is coveted by the powerful Pasha. Isaac, one of Conrad’s companions, and Gulnare, a beautiful slave who enchants the Pacha, also appear in the plot. Le Corsaire is a classical ballet with a profusion of spectacular and fairy-tale scenes. The subject of several versions, Le Corsaire has become well-known thanks first of all to Jules Perrot and then Marius Petipa and acquired worldwide fame in the early 60’s with Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev, whose performance of its famous pas de deux became legendary. Le Corsaire had never been performed in its entirety at the Vienna Staatsoper before the ballet director of the Vienna Opera, Manuel Legris, undertook to restore this work to a stature that is equal to its importance in the history of dance.

Ballet in three acts
Choreography by Manuel Legris
After Marius Petipa
Music by Adolphe Adam

Dramaturgy and libretto: Manuel Legris and Jean-François Vazelle
Sets and costumes: Luisa Spinatelli
Lighting design: Marion Hewlett

Wiener Staatsballettµ

Conductor: Valery Ovsianikov
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper

2:00 plus one interval