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La Corsaire  

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Choreography
george gordon byron
Stage
Shestakov Sergey
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2hours
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an exhilarating ballet from a tragic poem!

the ballet is based on the poem <the pirate> by lord byron, the father of romanticism. in the poem, the hero conrad and the heroine madora appear as a couple. however, conrad falls in love with gulnara, the concubine of a wicked trader, and goes after her. medora, anxiously awaiting the return of conrad, concludes that he has been killed and commits suicide. learning of her death later, conrad is filled with grief and departs to a distant land. on the other hand, in the ballet version of <le corsaire>, choreographed by marius petipa, medora and gulnara are close friends who are both sold to a wicked trader. the chief pirate, conrad, and his right-handed man, ali, save them. petipa gives the story a happy ending by matching conrad and medora and ali and gulnara in conjugal bliss.
instead of choosing the end tragically, <la corsaire> offers a series of spectacles to entertain viewers, such as the boisterous slave market of the middle east, the virile pirate dancers in a seaside cave showing a glimpse of mediterranean seascape and the sensual female dancers in a flower-laden harem.
<la corsaire> was successfully staged by the korea national ballet in 1994 and 1998, and in 2005 this repertoire was staged with new costumes and stage sets and won the hearts of many fans. it became hot news as many distinguished celebrities were invited to take the slave trader’s part. this performance is invited in beijing, china in 2006 and was presented successful performances.

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