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Adam: Le Corsaire [Maria Gutirerrez, Davit Galstyan, Takafumi Watanabe, Juliette Thelin] [Blu-ray] 
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Hailed by Le Figaro as ‘simply magnificent: a miracle in two acts’, Kader Belarbi's new production of Le Corsaire is a bold reinvention of a 19th-century classic. Belarbi's fresh scenario and choreography give this colourful yet ultimately tragic story of the
corsair (Davit Galstyan) and the beautiful slave-girl who captures his heart (Maria Gutierrez) renewed clarity and simplicity. David Coleman conducts a score based on Adolphe Adam's original work, but enhanced with music by composers from
Massenet to Sibelius, as well as new compositions and orchestrations by Coleman himself. The score is the result of close collaboration between Belarbi and Coleman, and its strong and coherent musical framework brings Belarbi's staging to life. This is a version of Le Corsaire for the modern age, giving the work – in Belarbi's words – ‘resonance and
meaning today’. Filmed in High Definition and recorded in true Surround Sound.
"The Ballet du Capitole's new production of Le Corsaire represents dance making at a very high level. There is an artistic collaboration at work here that has paid huge dividends, choreographically, musically and scenically.
David Coleman has done an admirable job of re-orchestrating what, in the wrong hands, could have been something of a hotch-potch, given that themes from Adolphe Adam's original score are intercut with additions by Massenet, Arenski and Sibelius.
Belarbi has succeeded in capturing the essence of a nineteenth century ballet and in breathing new life into it ... The production is a marvelous distillation of expert collaborative ideas." (Auditorium)
"... for anyone whose main priority is to have a "Le Corsaire for the modern age” – and anyone wanting to watch expertly and beautifully filmed performances by a very accomplished company of dancers - this innovative account from Toulouse could hardly be bettered.
" (Musicweb International)
CastMaria Gutierrez (La Belle Esclave)Davit Galstyan (Le Corsaire)Takafumi Watanabe (Le Sultan)Juliette Thélin (La Favorite)Demian Vargas (Le Compère)Juliana Bastos, Julie Loria (Les Deux Esclaves)Henrik Victorin (Le Riche Marchand)Cédric Pons, Joël Sitbon (Les Deux Janissaires)
Orchestre national du Capitole; David ColemanStage Director: Kader Belarbi Television Director: Luc RiolonChoreographer: Kader Belarbi
Catalogue Number: OABD7140DDate of Performance: 2013Running Time: 118 minutesSound: 16 bit LPCM 2.0 + 5.1 DTS / 24 bit LPCM / 5.1 DTS Master Audio HDAspect Ratio: 16:9Label: Opus Arte
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Unlike the previous reviews, I found this production very disappointing. The musical score has been so adulterated and watered-down that this is scarcely recognisable as being the Adolph Adam music we know - it is indeed piracy to call this performance 'Le Corsaire' when so little of the original has been retained, both in music and in choreography. Yes, there is some fine dance performance, and the camerawork is, in the main, good. The lighting is good with a few exceptions. The stage sets are minimalist and totally lack drama or any relationship to the theme, except for the finale, which does work as a storm scene.
I have recently seen English National Ballet perform "Le Corsaire" several times, and it far exceeds this in standard of dance performance, lighting, and stage sets. The original Adam music is lively, dramatic and appropriate. The choreography by Anna-Marie Holmes was excellent - way beyond this performance, with Tamara Rojo, Alina Cojocaru and Erina Takahashi all excelling as Medora, and Yonah Acosta WONDERFUL as Ali or in the roles of Conrad or Birbanto, while Joan Sebastian Zamora and Junor Souza also gave outstanding performances in various roles. May I commend Opus Arte to film that performance - much more of a classical performance, and a guaranteed seller!!
It is noticeable that this Kader Belarbi production does not even retain any names from "Le Corsaire" as we know it!Read more ›
This has none of the opulent sets or the optimistic flippancy of the celebrated Kirov production with Altynai Asylmuratova as Medora, or a graceful and cheerful Yelena Pankova as Gulnara, or a limp old Saed Pasha and the slave dealer being outfoxed by the gallant Corssire, or the full force of the then Kirov ( Mariyinsky now) corps de ballet. So curb your enthusiasm. Do not even expect the same music except in tiny doses either. One has to wait 20 minutes before hearing anything close to an original piece from the Corsaire that we have been used to.
This is a fresh new ballet with 80% of the music newly adapted from mostly Adam, reinforced by pieces from many other composer ranging from Mayerbeer to Sibelius. But you know what? They seem to be seamlessly strung without losing the continuity. They have been wonderfully re-orchestrated with beautiful effect. David Coleman.. Sir... you have done a marvellous job. The themes are immediately catchy and pleasant too.
The choreography too, is fresh. The only dances that have remained almost untouched are the very familiar ones from the second act, recognizable by most lovers of ballet. Even here, the sequences have been changed.
This production has turned the older ones on its head. Gone is the very optimistic and cheerful feel of this ballet as we know it. In its place is a very serious and Byronesque approach, which although gloomy sometimes, is poignant. The ending is not exactly cheerful. Like the Paris and RPO productions of Swan Lake, this one too, takes refuge in death for eternal happiness, which frankly, Sucks. Even so, the production is sensible and wholesome.Read more ›
This coming from a staunch traditionalist, i.e. me, is quite incredible, as I do not like re-working of the classics. These do not usually work in my opinion, but this one is the exception.
If you adore classical ballet as I do, don't hesitate with this, you will love it!