Another project by Vozrozhdenie – the brilliant premiere of the ballet Le CorsaireAnother project by Vozrozhdenie – the brilliant premiere of the ballet Le Corsaire.
The premiere of the ballet, Le Corsaire was a great success at the Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.
For this revival, Vozrozhdenie prepared the scenery, as well as costumes and shoes and the staging has been critically acclaimed by all.
Personnel working on this production:
Musical Director & Conductor Alexander Anisimov,
Choreographer Vasily Medvedev (St. Petersburg)
Set Designer Andrey Voytenko (St. Petersburg)
Costume Designer Elena Zaitseva (Moscow)
The creation of this new production involved not only Samarians, but also experts from the Mariinsky and Bolshoi Theatres. Their artists - Andrey Voytenko (set design) and Elena Zaitseva (costumes) – created a majestic eastern city with its palace, market and the area on which the action unfolds from slave dances to pirates, including the Corsair, Conrad (Dmitry Ponomarev) who is in love with the Greek girl, Medora (Xenia Ovchinnikov).
Irina Chechurina – the Rossiyska Gazeta
Pirates really looked like pirates, rather than like bullfighters, as is usually the case. This realism is primarily due to Elena Zaitseva’s costumes. From the outset there were similarities with the Bolshoi Theatre’s version, however the choreography was more interesting, with fencing scenes more thoughtful and interesting, even though the settings were typical. As a result, everything was more believable, enhanced by Andrey Voytenko’’s set designs, which not only affected the perception of what was happening, but increased its realism.
The colorful scenery showed heroes in an Arabic city, pirates’ caves, the golden chambers of Seid Pasha and the pirates’ ship. It was shown in the luxurious form in which was created two centuries ago.
Tatiana Gridneva – Samara news journalist