Bolshoi Ballet. Music: Adolphe Adam. Additional Music: Leo Delibes, Cesare Pugni, Pyotr von Oldenburg, Riccardo Drigo, Albert Zabel, Julius Gerber. Original Choreography: Marius Petipa. Revival and New Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky, Yuri Burlaka. Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Conductor: Pavel Sorokin. Lyric Theatre, QPAC, Brisbane, 30 May – 5 June 2013.
The Bolshoi Ballet’s return to Australia last night with the monumentally spectacular Le Corsaire was a giddy, glorious delight. Based on a poem by Lord Byron, and set in Turkey, this romantic swashbuckling story of pirates and slave girls had all the fun of a Pirates of the Caribbean movie with exotic characters, settings and costumes. It was old-school traditional ballet, expertly executed by a company with its tongue firmly planted in its cheek.