“Le Corsaire” captures audience and stage in season opener 1

By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief 

What’s better than a pirate romance made into a ballet? I can’t think of much anything better. Over the summer when Boston Ballet released its upcoming schedule of ballets, I knew I had to see this one. As a huge fan of Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Barbossa, this was my show.

Three years ago yesterday I saw my first ballet. For some reason, I love the ballet. I never took dance classes in my life, I never was a theater kid but I really just love the ballet. There’s a sense of “I don’t belong here but I’m here” and “I’m going to enjoy every second of being at the ballet.” A ballet doesn’t have words or dialogue but that’s made up for with the drama, love and passion with dance.

Last night I attended the 53rd season opener of Boston Ballet’s for “Le Corsaire” at the Boston Opera House, a story about a lovely maiden and a wealthy aristocrat who wants to add her to his harem, a part of the household reserved for wives, but a pirate wants to save her from the aristocrat. According to the Boston Globe, the story is based on a poem by Lord Byron of the same name and was created for the Bavarian State Ballet in 2007. This is the first time the ballet has been performed for Boston Ballet and was choreographed by Ivan Liška. An attempted version of the show was performed in 1997 under the name “The Pirate,” according to the Boston Globe.

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The Boston Opera House hosted the premiere of “Le Corsaire” on October 27. The show will run until November 6. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

The show is filled with romance (including an almost steamy bedroom scene on the beach), lust, hate, beautiful color and even more beautiful dance. The set was perhaps the most impressive part of the ballet. I have been to three previous ballets performed by Boston Ballet but I have never seen such a realistic and imposing stage. The set was incredibly thought out, looking extremely three-dimensional and as if the beach was right in front of me and I could hop on a pirate ship at any second.

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The set of the stage was among one of the best parts of “Le Corsaire.” Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

Although, this swashbuckling pirate story didn’t have that many sword fights or ghost stories (I guess I’ll just watch “Pirates of the Caribbean” for the 300th time), this show was outstanding. The audience was captivated throughout the entire ballet, laughing at many parts when appropriate and clapping when a ballerina would end her solo. The highlight of the second half of the show included at least 15 ballerinas on stage dancing in pink tutus carrying a bouquet of beautiful pink flowers, accompanied by countless children for an alluring and mesmerizing scene of color and dance. I won’t spoil the end of the ballet; the show runs until November 7.

I don’t know much about the ballet, but I know I loved “Le Corsaire.”

One comment

  1. I attended my first ballet in college. A friend who had studied ballet as a kid had tickets. I almost didn’t go — “I don’t know anything about ballet” I said, intimidated. She replied: “You know as much as anyone. You know what is beautiful. If you see something that thrills you, or moves you, then your experience and feelings are every bit as legitimate as anyone else’s. Just go and enjoy.” Emboldened, I’ve been going and loving it ever since!

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