American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, NY
June 1, 2016, matinee
by Mary Cargill
copyright © 2016 by Mary Cargill
There are pirates galore in "Le Corsaire", as well as, like Gilbert and Sullivan promise, some glorious things, primarily by Petipa, which unfortunately means the men must play second fiddle, choreographically, to the women, no matter how high and often they jump. ABT has dropped its flimsy 2013 redesign to return to its 1998 Bolshoi production. The pop-up book look of the sets has a stylized charm, though the women's tutus are not always in the best of taste, especially the mouthwash pinks and shrieking yellows of the Jardin Animé scene, but they do have a comforting familiarity.
Pirate dance from "Le Corsaire". Photo © Marty Sohl.