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PHILADELPHIA, PA: Pennsylvania Ballet Premieres "Le Corsaire"

PHILADELPHIA, PA: Pennsylvania Ballet Premieres "Le Corsaire"


Pennsylvania Ballet


The Academy of Music
Philadelphia, PA


Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:30pm daily through March 10, 2017
Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 2:00pm weekly through March 19, 2017, 8:00pm weekly through March 19, 2017



Pennsylvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet Premieres Le Corsaire

Angel Corella’s Reimagined Vision Based on the Marius Petipa Classic


Philadelphia, PA (January 12, 2017) — Pennsylvania Ballet’s Artistic Director Angel Corella whisks audiences away on a journey of love, betrayal, and adventure in his adaptation of Le Corsaire. Performances run March 9-19 at The Academy of Music and are certain to entertain audiences of all ages.

Le Corsaire is an extraordinary ballet that allows the male dancers to be showcased in ways that the Philadelphia audience has never seen before,” said Corella. “It is a famous ballet that the majority of our company has never performed, not only is it exciting for them to learn new choreography and roles, but it will also show the strength, endurance, and skills of all of our male dancers.”

Angel Corella’s Le Corsaire is a rollicking production that features intricate choreography and elaborate costumes, bringing to life Marius Petipa’s original version from 1899. The ballet portrays the story of Conrad, a pirate, who in search of treasure, becomes enamored by a serf girl, Medora at a bazaar.  When Seyd, a rich Pasha, takes Medora, Conrad is forced to devise a plan and succeeds in rescuing her. However, to Conrad’s dismay, Seyd once again takes Medora with intentions to marry her. After reuniting, Conrad and Medora’s love is tested a third time as storms attack Conrad’s ship during their escape. Conrad and Medora survive and true love endures.  

“This was one of my favorite ballets to perform,” said Corella. “To be able to share this experience with our talented dancers is a pleasure. I am excited to see this ballet come to life at The Academy of Music knowing that our audience will enjoy it.”

Corella’s exuberant and breathtaking choreography will add layers of freshness to the classic tale. Set designs by Eldar Aliev will transport audiences into the land of pirates as Adolphe Adam’s score provides the perfect background for this adventurous tale of true love.

Enjoy performances of this adventurous love story at The Academy of Music this March.

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