ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET TO PREMIERE LE CORSAIRE
English National Ballet has announced they will premiere a new production of "Le Corsaire" in October 2013. The company will be the first from the UK to perform the complete work. It will open in Milton Keynes on 20 November before touring to Southampton, Oxford, Bristol, London and Manchester.
ENB's Artistic Director Tamara Rojo says: “Le Corsaire is one of the great classics created by Marius Petipa for the Mariinsky Theatre. Like all great Russian classics it is a true epic story that offers drama, an exotic landscape and the best pyrotechnics of the classic technique. 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 company is working with Anna-Marie Holmes who created this version more than a decade ago and who will be changing it to make it specific for ENB. The plan is to go through the whole narrative and look at it with fresh eyes.
Rojo continues: “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.
The ballet is also to be reorchestrated, the idea being to make the music sound more romantic and cleaner as it would have been originally.
Sets and costumes will be designed by noted film designer Bob Ringwood, whose credits include "Batman", "Alien 3", "Star Trek Nemesis" and "Troy", explains his ambitions for the piece:
Ringwood says: "Designing Le Corsaire, I thought it would be interesting to bring out the romantic and historic elements of the original ballet. I hope to capture the flavour of the Romantic period in which it was first staged. The sets and costumes are based on original paintings, prints and engravings of the mid 19th. Century to capture and infuse the essence of the period. I felt it was important to bring out the romantic, sensual and erotic elements of the piece, that have been so neglected in recent productions. The sensuality of the women and bravado and swagger of the men, for us all to enjoy those heavily scented and perfumed Arabian Nights that so captivated Orientalist painters and writers of the second half of the 19th Century."