Boston Opera House
October 29, 2016, matinee
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill
"Le Corsaire" originally set sail in Paris in 1856 and moved to Russia with Marius Petipa in 1858, where it went through several revisions. The last Petipa version was done in 1899 and it has added a lot of cargo since then. Unlike "The Sleeping Beauty" the swashbuckling tale, tangentially related to Byron's poem, has no definitive version and its melodramatic plot is basically a plank to support some great (and not so great) choreography. The Boston Ballet presented Anna-Marie Holmes' version based on the 1992 Bolshoi production in 1997, and was the first American company to dance the full-length "Corsaire". (This is essentially the version that American Ballet Theatre dances.)
Boston Ballet in the Jardin Animé from "Le Corsaire". Photo © Liza Voll.