The Kirov Ballet: Le Corsaire
The . Kirov . Ballet offers its unmatched interpretation of the finest of . Parisian . Romantic ballets, where undying love triumphs over betrayal and death. . This production offers a choreographic text and dramatic understanding dating from the ballets first . Russian performance in 1842. . It also offers the rare chance to see . Soviet dancers performing live in the . USSR.
Valery . Gergiev directs the . Kirov . Opera and . Ballet in this dramatic 1996 staging of . Tchaikovskys historical opera . Mazeppa, based on . Pushkins verse tale of the legendary . Cossack chieftain. . Tchaikovskys musical setting intertwines the political drama of . Mazeppas ill-fated betrayal of the . Tsar with the personal tragedy of his love for . Maria, the young daughter of his hapless opponent . Kochubey. . Three of . Kirovs greatest stars, . Nikolai . Putilin, . Sergei . Aleksashkin and . Larissa . Diadkova lead the all-. Russian cast. Opera . In . Three . Acts . Mazeppa - . Nikolai . Putilin . Kochubey - . Sergei . Aleksashkin . Lyubov - . Larissa . Diadkova . Maria - . Irina . Loskutova . Andrey - . Viktor . Lutsiuk
Music . Adolphe . Adam, . Cesare . Pugni, . Lfio . Delibes, . Riccardo . Drigo . And . Prince . Oldenbourg . Original . Choreography . Marius . Petipa . Produced . By . Pyotr . Gusev . And . Oleg . Vinogradov . Design . Teimouraz . Mourvanidze . Conrad - . Yevgeny . Neff . Medora - . Altynai . Asylmuratova . Gulnara - . Yelena . Pankova . Lankedem - . Konstantin . Zaklinsky . Ali - . Faroukh . Ruzimatov . Kirov . Theatre . Orchestra . Conducted . By . Victor . Fedotov . Directed . By . Colin . Nears . Produced . By . Robin . Scott. Magnificent . Scenic . Effects . And . Dramatic . Choreography . Have . Ensured . The . Popularity . Of . Petipas . Exotic . Ballet . Le . Corsaire. . Live . Recording - . April 1989
Act . I - . Scene 1: . The . Town . Square. The curtain rises on the protagonists, . Franz and . Swanilda who are losl in each others affection. . Just above them on a balcony, . Dr. . Coppelius appears carrying . Coppelia - a life-size doll that he has made. . At this point, . Franz and . Swanilda start to argue - . Swanilda accuses . Franz of flirting with the village girls and ho denies it, assuring her that she is the only one for him. . Swanilda is not convinced and runs off. . Coppelius conies down into the square and dances a solo: he is so proud of . Coppelia that he wants people to believe that she is human. . The villagers arrive and, on noticing . Coppelia sitting on the balcony, they wave but she remains motionless. . Swanilda returns and dances a pas de deux with . Franz… . Act . I - . Scene 2: . Coppeliuss . Workshop. Swanilda is climbing the ladder to the balcony, followed reluctantly and nervously by herfriends. . They find themselves in a workshop full of dolls, strange masks and rubber limbs. . On close inspection, the girls realise that . Coppelia is just a doll like the oilier dolls in the workshop. . Among these are dolls who each perform a characteristic dance, much to the amusement of . Swanilda and her friends: . Chinese doll, . Spanish doll, . Scottish doll and . Nutcracker doll. . Panic sets in on hearing . Coppeliuss footsteps and in their terror the girls dress up in the costumes of the various dolls and hide the naked dummies. . Swanilda takes . Coppelias costume… . Act . II: . The . Town . Square - . Dedication . Of . The . Bell . The occasion is the arrival of a new church bell and its dedication by the mayor. . All the villagers have gathered on the green to celebrate, which they do in a sequence of dances, including a mazurka, a waltz, a czardas and a spinning dance…