Le Corsaire Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa Music by Adolphe Adam, Leo Delibes, Cesare Pugni, Pyotr von Oldenburg, Riccardo Drigo, Albert Zabel, and Julius Gerber
"Remarkable…a lavish new staging!" --The New York Times
With its sold-out 2007 performances still fresh in Washington minds, Russia's grand Bolshoi Ballet begins an ongoing performance cycle with the Kennedy Center, starting with the 2008–2009 season. The Company's new staging of Le Corsaire, which premiered in 2007, is the first production in this new partnership that brings to bear three centuries of artistic rule. The ballet follows Medora, a young Greek girl, and Conrad, a dashing pirate, as they journey through a tapestry of captive maidens, rich sultans, swashbuckling abductions, and dramatic rescues--all culminating in a shipwreck that's one of the most breathtaking spectacles in all of ballet. Says the New York Times: "The final scene has one scenic masterstroke after another. Moonlight upon the Mediterranean, then the corsairs' ship…filling most of the stage with characters on board, trumped by thunder, lightning, storm, rising waves, and the boat splitting before our eyes: the kind of special effect that in recent decades has belonged to film alone." Don't try looking anywhere else for the Bolshoi's Le Corsaire--the Kennedy Center is the only place in North America where you can experience this magnificent production! Performance Timing: Act I - 58 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act II - 50 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act III - 24 min.
PRINCIPAL CASTING (subject to change) June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Medora – Maria Alexandrova Conrad – Nikolai Tsiskaridze
June 17 & June 20 at 7:30 p.m. Medora – Ekaterina Shipulina Conrad – Ruslan Skvortsov
June 18 at 7:30 p.m. Medora – Maria Alexandrova Conrad – Alexander Volchkov June 19 at 7:30 p.m. Medora – Ekaterina Shipulina Conrad – Alexander Volchkov
June 20 & 21 at 1:30 p.m. Medora – Natalia Osipova Conrad – Ivan Vasiliev