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Herman Cornejo stands tall in multiple roles in ABT's 'Le Corsaire'
Herman Cornejo stands tall in multiple roles in ABT's 'Le Corsaire'

NEW YORK — They bound onto the stage, one after another, during the opening scene of American Ballet Theatre's "Le Corsaire": four high-flying men, each tearing through space in an attention-getting entrance and establishing a sense of playful "can you top this" competition. This three-act ballet, which the company brings to the Music Center this week in a new production, has been a consistent showpiece for ABT's abundance of male talent for 15 years. With its sword-clanking pirates and nubile midriff-baring women who get sold to the highest bidder, "Le Corsaire" is hardly the most profound of ballets, but it provides a rollicking good time and features six juicy leading roles. Only...

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