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REVIEW: Le Corsaire
3:35pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in Entertainments
EFFORTLESS, beautiful dancing, dazzling costumes and a spectacular set captivated the audience at Le Corsaire (The Pirate) by the English National Ballet.
From the moment the curtains went up and the full orchestra began to play, the dancers charmed the audience with intricate routines.
The costumes were bursting with colour and there were often scores of skilled dancers on stage bringing the story alive.
The set was brilliant, particularly the pirate ship at sea, and the lighting was cleverly used to shift between scenes.
The storyline, based loosely on the poem The Corsair by Lord Byron, follows hero Conrad and his pirate crew who are on a mission to rescue Medora, a harem girl, from the hands of the slave trader Lankendem. It was easy to follow and get caught up in the drama.
The routines just got better and better, as did the set, and I was transfixed throughout.
I’m not a regular ballet-goer so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the show is a real spectacle.
The lengthy round of applause and cheers from the audience at the end said it all.
Le Corsaire runs until Sunday.
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