Bolshoi Ballet: Le Corsaire (Recorded 2019)
The story of a dashing pirate on the high seas who rescues a beautiful girl from a dastardly slave trader. With cinematic sets and a shipwreck that will go down in stage history, Le Corsaire is one of the Bolshoi’s most lavish productions. The piece is famous for its grand pas – in particular the beautiful ‘Jardin Animé’, a fantastical dance of flowers in a garden filled with magical fountains. It’s also celebrated for the bravura pas de deux which became popular in Britain after Margot Fonteyn and Nureyev danced it for the first time in 1962. (It would become one of their favourite encore pieces.) This stunning 2007 production has been re-worked by Alexei Ratmansky after Petipa’s 1868 version and has a magnificent new grand pas, ‘Des Eventails’, for 60 dancers, enhancing the work’s nineteenth-century opulence. Classical ballet at its most sumptuous and exotic, danced with glittering twenty-first century technique. This performance stars Ekaterina Krysanova and Igor Tsvirko.
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