Le Corsaire Appeal

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English National Ballet will premiere a new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate), one of the great 19th Century classics, in October 2013.

Originally created by Anna-Marie Holmes more than a decade ago, Le Corsaire will be re-imagined, re-designed and the score re-orchestrated for English National Ballet. The romance and exoticism of the Orient will be vividly conjured by the lavish sets and costumes designed by Bob Ringwood, whose film credits include Batman and Troy.

Le Corsaire is one of the great classics created by Marius Petipa for the Mariinsky Theatre. Like all great Russian classics it is a true epic story that offers drama, an exotic landscape and the best pyrotechnics of the classic technique. It’s a men’s ballet, with heroic and passionate characters and with the famous pas de deux that made a legend of Nureyev when he first performed in England with Dame Margot Fonteyn. This is a unique and unmissable opportunity as it has never before been performed by a British company.” Tamara Rojo, Artistic Director

Full length ballets like Le Corsaire cost hundreds of thousands of pounds to produce. It is a colossal undertaking requiring armies of talented makers, technicians and artists, however without the generosity of our donors, audiences and sponsors, we would not be able to produce work of this scale.

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Find out more about the Le Corsaire production appeal and our current supporters.  For more information email support@ballet.org.uk  or call the Development Department on 020 7581 1245.