Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami-Le Corsaire
Posted 22 February 2009 - 09:59 PM
(Note: Scroll down pass the image of Giselle and Albretch, for you will see Medora and the slave)
Posted 28 February 2009 - 12:04 AM
Conrad: Miguel A.Blanco
Medora: Shoko Nakamura Saturday Feb 28th, Lorena Feijoo Sunday March 1st
Gulnara: Hayna Gutierrez
Lankendem: Vitor Luiz
Ali: Taras Domitro
Birbanto: Raidel Caceres
Odalisques: Kate Kadow, Grace Anne Powers and Jordan E. Long
Pasha John Sheaffer
Posted 28 February 2009 - 11:05 PM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:26 AM
Posted 19 April 2010 - 12:27 PM
Posted 19 April 2010 - 01:41 PM
Cut to its essentials, it's really not this great love story, but a sort of romantic buddy movie, a la Indiana Jones. On those terms, I find that it makes much more sense.
I love the analogy, it made me laugh.
The Kirov revival I thought wonderful and the Bolshoi revival great fun but less aesthetically pleasing.
Posted 19 April 2010 - 02:28 PM
Don't be concerned about the strangeness of the story-telling. Corsaire was roundly lampooned in its ABT presentation for its melodramatic plotline and narrative style, but it's really typical of the Imperial style of ballet construction, where you get 5 minutes of plot, 30 or more minutes of divertissement, and 3 minutes of denouement and finale per act. Cut to its essentials, it's really not this great love story, but a sort of romantic buddy movie, a la Indiana Jones. On those terms, I find that it makes much more sense.
Mel, I've felt since I first saw the ABT Corsair on video that it reminded me SO much of one of the Indiana Jones films. There's just a touch of self-parody about this version with a tongue in check quality to all the plot twists and turns. This is most evident on the filmed performance with Ethan Stiefel's mock heroics.
Performances of this production with other casts have been less effective but there is usually a sense of fun retained.
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