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Cathryn

21-06-01, 01:34 PM (GMT)
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"Le Corsaire"
 
   Off to see the Kirov's Corsaire tomorrow, and not a clue what it's about. Could someone take pity on me and explain what happens?????

I'd be so grateful...


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  RE: Le Corsaire Steven 21-06-01 1
     RE: Le Corsaire sylvia 21-06-01 2
         RE: Le Corsaire alison 22-06-01 3
             RE: Le Corsaire sylvia 22-06-01 4
                 RE: Le Corsaire NO7 24-06-01 5
                     RE: Le Corsaire Kevin Ng 24-06-01 6
  RE: Le Corsaire Robert 26-06-01 7
     RE: Le Corsaire pmeja 28-06-01 8

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Steven

21-06-01, 04:17 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Le Corsaire"
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   It's a load of hokum based on Byron's poem, with maidens being captured by evil Turks (sorry, if anyone Turkish is reading this - that's not me, it's the gist of Byron's poem) then being freed and they all run away on a ship. I'm sure somebody can fill you in on the plot much better than me but really it's just an excuse for a lot of show-off dancing, so try to concentrate on that and not on the intricacies of the story! Have a wonderful time. I'll be there on Friday too and am looking forward to it.


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sylvia

21-06-01, 10:16 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Le Corsaire"
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   LAST EDITED ON 21-06-01 AT 10:23 PM (GMT)

Synopsis from about.com

Medora, a young Greek girl, is sold to Pasha by a slave dealer. The pirate Conrad seizes Medora and declares his love for her. Conrad's right-hand-man, who is jealous of Conrad, sends Medora back to the slave dealer who again sells her to Pasha. Conrad and his men show up to take Medora away again but he is recognized through his disguise, captured, and sentenced to death. To save his life, Medora, who is in love with Conrad, plots with a slave girl, Gulnare, to escape. Medora agrees to marry Pasha but during the ceremony Gulnare takes Medora's place, having the ring placed on her finger. That evening Medora dances for Pasha, having convinced him to lay down his weapons, and Conrad enters to take her away. Gulnare produces the ring and declares herself Pasha's lawful wife. The ship on which Medora and Conrad escape sinks in a terrible storm but the two lovers are saved when they wash up on a rocky island.

Not sure of this is the Kirov version. The ABT video I watched is a bit different. Steven's right though - it's about as inane as ballet plots go, but the dancing is wonderful.


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alison

22-06-01, 01:12 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Le Corsaire"
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   It's a good decade since I last saw the Kirov Corsaire, but the finer points of that don't sound quite right for their version to me. I'm sure my previous programme had them all sailing away happily to further adventures or something. The Boston/ABT version is, I believe, very closely based on the Kirov version, so presumably the story's the same.

Actually, come to think of it, I think Conrad rescues Medora from the slave market, they run off to his hideaway, the slaver follows them, manages to drug the pirates, kidnaps Medora again and possibly sells her to the Pasha, but Conrad and the others disguise themselves as pilgrims and rescue her. Can't remember quite how Gulnara fits in.

Anyway, whether or not I'm right, the story's real hokum and just an excuse for some wonderful dancing (and BTW don't be surprised when the famous pas de deux becomes a pas de trois).


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sylvia

22-06-01, 06:22 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Le Corsaire"
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   Yep, that's the ABT version all right Alison. Gulnare is another slave, and Medora's friend, who's also sold to the Pasha. But in ABT, Conrad and Medora end up washed on a rock. Doesn't seem all that victorious to me - how are they supposed to get back??


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NO7

24-06-01, 12:20 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Le Corsaire"
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   Nothing to say much about the Kirov's Corsaire except it's wonderful. This is a colourful and enjoyable with spectacular scenic effect and full of art works from world-famous artists, such as the sets in Act one by Gustav Klimt. It has a happy ending with two couples (Medora & Conrad and Gulnara & Ali) sailing off to new adventures.

As for Medora, I prefer Nioradze last night to Zakharova in the opening night. Nioradze was vivacious and charming, with technical splendour. Sofia Gumerova in the matinee was a lovely and sweet Medora, while Zakharova was exquisite as if she's dancing Aurora.

In the first night, Ruzimatov as Ali was a bit disappointing. he was rather subdued, having lost some of his power and strength (but a terrible rumour had it that he's drunk that evening!). However Ruzimatov was back in his great form in his second performance and wowed the audience.

In the matinee, (I'm sure this is not hyperbolic!), I must say Igor Kolb was truely remarkable as Ali. His acting and dancing surpassed my expectations, despite his debut (not really sure though if he already made it in Mexico last month). Just like Ruzimatov in the second night, Kolb brought the role in the spotlight, amazingly turning a poor thankless slave into a great hero.

As Kevin said elsewhere, Lankendem was strongly cast this season. We had Dmitry Simeonov, Anton Korsakov, and smiley Andrian Fadayev showed off their individual techniques and were wickedly funny. And Vladimir Ponomarev as Pasha had a droll sense of humour.

Great appreciations went to Ilya Kuznetsov who shouldered heavy tasks throughout the entire week, with 3 performances of Manon and 3 for Corsaire. He never appeared tired, in fact always energetic with lots of forceful jumps.


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Kevin Ng

24-06-01, 01:07 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Le Corsaire"
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   Well said, NO7. I echo your appreciation for Ilya Kuznetsov's hard work this past week. I also think that Ruzimatov was in great form last night. Andrian Fadeyev was adorable in the role of Lankadem, and so was Anton Korsakov in the afternoon. (I am sorry to have missed Dmitri Simeonov in the role on Friday.) Sofia Gumerova danced Medora beautifully.

What a pity that the Kirov can't schedule more performances of this great production of Le Corsaire.


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Robert

26-06-01, 09:38 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Le Corsaire"
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   I saw Jewels last night and I have no idea what that was about! All the ladies around me seemed to use binoculars and mutter dancer's names to each other, before clapping a lot at the end. I hope Le Corsaire was more enjoyable.


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pmeja

28-06-01, 03:23 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Le Corsaire"
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   but robert, jewels doesn't really have a story. could you not enjoy it for the dance it is?


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