On 13, 14, 15 March the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St Petersburg presents their new production of Le Corsaire with choreography revised by Farukh Ruzimatov, Artistic Director of the company.
Farukh Ruzimatov, the internationally renowned dancer who was widely considered as one of the greatest performers of Ali, is artistic director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet. He said: “Our starting point is the existing ballet by Marius Petipa and Pyotr Gusev. We have tried to create a new version of the famous ballet: on one hand, a more dynamic, bright and showy one, on the other hand, more approximate to the original ballet”.
This new production of Le Corsaire to be premiered at the Mikhailovsky Theatre consists of two acts instead of the three of many other versions.
The sets and costumes for the new production were created by renowned theatre artist Valery Levental, who had been working as an art director of the Bolshoi Theatre for many years. “Valery Levental is a brilliant designer who has worked with many famous choreographers in many theatres. The important quality of the designer is his willing to create the sets and costumes that would attract both experienced and new public”, Farukh Ruzimatov admits.
World famous principals of the Mikhailovsky Denis Matvienko, Irina Perren, Semyon Chudin and Anastasia Matvienko will take the leading roles at the premiere performances of the production.
The plot of the ballet Le Corsaire is based on the poem by George Gordon Byron, though, unlike the original story, is crowned with a happy ending. The ballet Le Corsaire set to the music by Adolphe Adam was first staged by Joseph Mazilier in 1856 in Paris. Two years later it appeared in St Petersburg in the version by Jules Perrot. In 1868 Marius Petipa premiered his own version of the ballet, adding some new dances, e.g. the famous pas d’esclaves. The music was revised several times by such composers as Cesare Pugni, Leo Delibes, Riccardo Drigo and Pyotr Oldenburgsky.
Farukh Ruzimatov is Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet from 2007. Since that time the company presented four new productions – Giselle, Spartacus, Cipollino and Romeo and Juliet to a much public acclaim both in Russia and abroad.
The Mikhailovsky Ballet recently performed with great success in London, Venice and in Japan. The company was been nominated for Best Foreign Dance Company in the UK Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in 2008.
The Mikhailovsky Theatre is one of the oldest opera and ballet houses in Russia. In 2008 the company celebrated its 175th Anniversary with the festive events which gathered some of the most well known international singers, musicians, dancers and artistic figures in St Petersburg. Angela Gheorghiu and Jose Cura have dedicated their recitals in Russia to the Mikhailovsky Theatre Anniversary. The ballet company of the theatre has prepared series of Gala evenings for Russian and international public.