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Reinventing the classic Corsaire
ENGLISH National Ballet’s new production of Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is coming to Southampton.
Le Corsaire is one of the great classics created by Marius Petipa for the Mariinsky Theatre but it will be the first time it is performed by a British company.
It is an epic story that offers drama, an exotic landscape and pyrotechnics of the classic technique.
English National Ballet’s artistic director Tamara Rojo said: “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.”
The cast is working with Anna-Marie Holmes, who created the version more than a decade ago and is changing it to make it specific to English National Ballet.
The artistic director, added: “In reinventing Le Corsaire we have the chance to go through the whole narrative and look at it with fresh eyes, making it even better and personal to the company.
“I am excited that this is a ballet with four male principal roles. Unlike many of the classics it will give great opportunities to the men in the company to show off their skills and athleticism.”
Le Corsaire premieres in Milton Keynes and tours to Southampton, Oxford, Bristol, London and Manchester.
The production is based on Lord Byron’s poem Corsaire and tells the story of Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, the beautiful harem girl. It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck that is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet.
Bob Ringwood, the designer of Batman whose film credits also include Alien 3, Star Trek Nemesis and Troy, will design the sets and costumes for the show.
Le Corsaire will be at The Mayflower, Southampton, from October 22 to 26.
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