The production opens tonight, with sets and costumes by Luisa Spinatelli, mostly taken from her production of the ballet with choreography by Anna-Marie Holmes, which was seen for one season only at La Scala, in 2018. This is followed by the live stream tomorrow, 1 March, and the run continues at La Scala in Milan until 17 March.
The version of Le Corsaire by Manuel Legris was created in 2016 for Vienna State Ballet. It was his first reinterpretation of a 19th-century classic. Legris has created many sections for the corps de ballet, such as the Dance of the Odalisques, and the Dance of the Corsaire Women, though Petipa's Le Jardin animé has been preserved. For the pas de deux of Medora and Conrad, Legris chose the music written by Léo Delibes for the ballet Sylvia, without yet knowing that Sylvia would be his next restaging in Vienna, a version that came to La Scala. It was his first time working with the company that he now directs.
Ballet in three acts with a prologue and an epilogue
Dramaturgy and libretto by Manuel Legris and Jean-François Vazelle from Lord Byron, Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier
Manuel Legris, from Marius Petipa and others
Adolphe Adam and others
selection by Manuel Legris, arrangement Igor Zapravdin
orchestration Thomas Heinisch and Gábor Kerény
Sets and costumes
Assistant sets and costumes Monia Torchia
Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company and Orchestra
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