2 hrs 50 mins
Music: Daniel François Esprit Auber
Choreography: Joseph Mazilier (1857)
New choreography, sets and costumes: Pierre Lacotte (2013)
With the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists and Corps de Ballet
Pantomime ballet in 3 acts.
The bandit Marco Spada plunders the surrounding region right under the nose of the Governor. He hides his identity carefully and raises his daughter Angela in a castle. Completely unaware of her father’s double life and his clandestine activities, Angela is preoccupied by her love life. She longs for Prince Frederici and is shattered when she discovers he is already engaged…
Hitherto rarely presented and added to the Bolshoi’s repertoire in November 2013, this swashbuckling ballet was recreated especially for the Bolshoi by French choreographer Pierre Lacotte. Marco Spada is a grandiose and unique production on both a technical and dramatic level, featuring complex choreography, five lead roles created for five principals, several changes in scenery, the participation of nearly all the Corps de Ballet, and even the presence of animals on stage. With its scenes of pantomime, devilish intrigue, rejected suitors, kidnapped heroines, rebellion and lovers’ misunderstandings, this is a fresh and joyful ballet not to be missed.