Performed by Bolshoi Ballet at the newly restored Bolshoi Theatre of Russia
Choreography and direction: Original choreography by Marius Petipa, new choreographic version by Alexei Ratmansky Revival:Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka Music: Adolphe Adam, with libretto by Jules Henri Vernoy de Saint Georges and Joseph Mazilier and edited by Marius Petipa With the Orchestra of the Bolshoi State Theatre With the Bolshoi soloists and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet
Ballet in 3 acts and one epilogue
Inspired by a poem by Lord Byron, The Corsair (1814), this ballet was originally created in 1856 for the Paris Opera by Joseph Mazilier. In 1858, Jules Perrot presented his version at the Bolshoi Theatre, the version in which Marius Petipa danced. When he became a choreographer, Marius Petipa remained in charge of all choreographic versions until the beginning of the 20th century. In 2007, Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burklava created a new choreographic version which remains to this day, the most sumptuous of all.
Running time: Approximately 3 hours (including 2 intermissions)