Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents “Le Corsaire”

Le CorsairePittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s season finale “Le Corsaire” with the PBT Orchestra has all the essentials of a pirate saga: kidnapping, mutiny and shipwreck, all told through a torrent of bravura dancing. The Russian classic closes PBT’s 2015-2016 Season April 15-17, at the Benedum Center.

It’s the 19th-century tale of the pirate, Conrad, and his quest to liberate Medora, the woman that both he and the powerful Pasha, Seyd, love. Through mutiny, abductions and rescue missions, this underlying love story moors the plot line. Above all, “Le Corsaire” entertains with an unrestrained display of virtuosic dancing, which especially spotlights the company’s male dancers.

The production is large and exotic – more than 70 performers will fill the colorful seaside bazaars and lush gardens of a place near Turkey. The choreography is a dancer’s dream – grand Russian ballet with plenty of opportunities for technical fireworks. Famous scenes include the corps of ballerinas in the dreamlike “Jardin Animé” and the pyrotechnics of the famous pas de trois between Medora, Conrad and Ali, where the ballerina mesmerizes with pinpoint turns and the male wows with huge leaps.

“This production is a huge Russian classic and it’s also great fun. It’s an honor to work with Anna-Marie Holmes, who has staged ballets all over the world, and has expertly refined the scope of this work and filled it out with even bigger dancing than before,” said PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. “It brings out the sharpest technical talents in our dancers as well as their dramatic flair. And, it gives our male dancers, especially, a chance to take the spotlight and unleash the strength of their dancing.”

Tickets start at $28, and are available at www.pbt.org, 412-456-6666 or the Box Office at Theater Square. Groups of 10 or more can save up to 50% by emailing groupsales@pittsburghballet.org or calling 412-454-9101.

Performances: April 15, at 8 p.m., April 16, at 8 p.m. & April 17, at 2 p.m.