Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a thrilling ballet about Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, a beautiful harem girl. It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet. English National Ballet is the first UK Company to perform the complete work which showcases some of the most bravura male dancing in the ballet repertoire.
You can find out more about this production and discover videos, images and articles as well as Principal Casting at www.ballet.org.uk/lecorsaire
Hollywood film designer Bob Ringwood (Batman, Alien 3, Star Trek Nemesis, Ai and Troy) has created new sets and costumes for this ripping period piece, an adventure story which promises unmissable entertainment and great dancing.
'Romance, betrayal, murder – even a shipwreck…' New York Sun
'This swashbuckling ballet has it all' New York Sun
Photo: Yonah Acosta in Le Corsaire Pas de Deux at Youth American Grand Prix Gala. © Liza Voll
Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa and Konstantin Sergeyev
Music by Adophe Adam, Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Rocard Drigo and Prince Oldenbourg
Libretto by Jules-Henri de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier in a version by Anna-Marie Holmes
Based on The Corsaire (1814) by Lord Byron
Sets and Costumes by Bob Ringwood
Lighting by Neil Austin