Another Boshoi Ballet transmission of one of the popular staples of 19th century ballet repertoire; a prerecorded performance of Le Corsaire on view at the Phoenix Picturehouse on Sunday 17th November.  Inspired by Lord Byron’s poem, Marius Petipa’s version of the ballet was part of the Bolshoi’s repertoire until the beginning of the 20th century.  In 2007 Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka presented a sumptuous new choreographic version for the company.  In the marketplace of Adrianople, the beautiful Medora is sold to Pasha by a slave dealer; but a pirate, hidden among the crowd with his companions, decides to ravish her… Thrilling suspense is at the core of this lavish exotic fable, an amazing production complete with pirates, kidnapping, a shipwreck, and a record 120 dancers on stage.  An intriguing opportunity to compare it with English National Ballet’s new production.
Recorded on 11 March 2012
Duration:  3 hrs
Music: Adolphe Adam
Original choreography: Marius Petipa
Revival and new version: Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka
With Svetlana Lunkina (Medora), Ruslan Skvortsov (Conrad), Nina Kaptsova (Gulnara)
Transmission date:  Sunday 17th November, 6.30pm
Phoenix Picturehouse, 57 Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AE
Box Office Number: 0871 902 5736