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Teatro Regio, Thursday 6 December 2007 - Sunday 9 December 2007
The complex story of Le Corsaire, ballet in three acts with epilogue, derives from the poem of the same name by Lord Byron that narrates the adventures of Medora, a Greek girl who is sold as a slave, and her lover, the pirate Conrad, in turn captured by Seid Pasha. Saved by the odalisque Gulnare, they are shipwrecked but reach the shore, clinging to a piece of wreckage. A work by librettists Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Joseph Mazilier and musician Adolphe Adam, Le Corsaire was presented for the first time at the Opéra de Paris on 23 January 1856.
Marius Petipa restaged it in 1898 at the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg, with a collage of music by Drigo, Minkus and Pugni, and with the help of impressive stage machinery, in a version that would be preserved as repertory even by the choreographer-director of the last thirty years at the Kirov Ballet, Oleg Vinogradov. Presented with great success in St Petersburg and then Moscow, it has been one of the most loved ballets of the nineteenth century and is also the only work of Byron made into dance.
In 2006, the Boshoi Ballet, directed by Aleksej Ratmanskij, received in Britain the Award for the Best Foreign Company, loyal recognition of Russian style, which doesn’t limit virtuosity to the legs, but involves the whole torso, arms and hands, with movements that are languid or nervous, poignant or aggressive, according to the theory of sensorial and emotional memory developed by Stanislavsky. The same Aleksej Ratmanskij, with Jurij Burlaka, created the new version of Le Corsaire, presented in the summer of 2007 in Moscow and London, which the Teatro Regio audiences will be able to see for the first time in Italy.
Music by: Adolphe Adam
Coreografia: Marius Petipa
Year of debut: 1856 Académie Royale de Musique, Parigi