Le Corsaire – Pugni – 1st Odalisque Variation


1st Odalisque variation from Le Corsaire

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Le Corsaire is a classical ballet that captures the essence of adventure, romance, and swashbuckling action on the high seas. Inspired by Lord Byron’s poem “The Corsair,” the ballet follows the story of Conrad, a dashing pirate captain, and his love interest, the beautiful Medora. 

Set against the backdrop of the Mediterranean, the plot is filled with pirates, slave traders, and forbidden love. As the story unfolds, Conrad embarks on daring rescue missions to save Medora from the clutches of the villainous slave trader, Lankendem, leading to a series of dramatic and visually stunning pas de deux, pas de trois, and ensemble dance sequences.


A well-known figure in the realm of 19th-century ballet music was Cesare Pugni (1802–1870). Pugni, who was born in Genoa, Italy, showed promise as a musician at a young age and underwent professional piano and composition instruction. His work was mostly connected to Russia, where he was the chief composer for the St. Petersburg-based Imperial Ballet. Pugni’s extensive work, which included writing music for several well-known choreographers including Marius Petipa and Jules Perrot, made a significant contribution to the art of ballet.

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