‘Le Corsaire Suite’ by the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami: Good art is entertainment


A scene from ‘Le Corsaire.’
A scene from ‘Le Corsaire.’

Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami (CCBM), below the inventive direction of Eriberto Jiménez, returns to the Miami-Dade County Auditorium on Saturday to offer you “Le Corsaire Suite,” the fourth application of its Season 2001-2022.

“Le Corsaire” (“The Corsair”) is a a single-evening ballet. In other terms, it occupies an whole general performance. It is influenced by the homonymous poem by Lord Byron and premiered in 1856 at the Paris Opera, with music by Adolphe Adam and choreography by Joseph Mazilier.

No 1 remembers the unique choreography, and the tunes incorporates additions from other composers this kind of as Cesare Pugni, Léo Delibes, and Ricardo Drigo.

In some cases the ballet is introduced in its entirety, primarily based on the versions created in Russia by Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa. On other instances, it is offered as a suite. CCBM has accomplished it both approaches. And some of its most famed scenes and pas de deux frequently appear in concert performances.

“Le Corsaire,” tells the tale of Conrad and Medora, the captain of a corsair ship and a attractive, enslaved girl. In this distinctive overall performance with visitor dancers, Conrad will be done by Humberto Rivera Blanco and Medora by Marize Fumero.

Other vital roles will be carried out by Ihosvany González (Ali, Conrad’s slave), Katherine Barkman (Gulnara, Medora’s pal) and Jorge Oscar Sánchez, as the slave trader.

CCBM’s “Le Corsaire Suite” claims to include things like all the excellent times of the ballet. This sort of as its two pas de deux, the renowned “Le jardin animé” and the pas de trois of the odalisques.

It must be pointed out that “Le jardin animé” — with new music by the French Delibes- has been part of “Le Corsaire” because 1868, but the well-known “Le Corsaire Pas de Deux” -as it seems in concert galas — it is a development of Agrippina Vaganova courting back to 1931. In shorter, each individual fragment of “Le Corsaire” has its story.

Also, it is worthy of remembering that Pedro Pablo Peña established CCBM in 2007 “with the mission of advertising and preserving the repertoire, system, and design and style of classical ballet, as exemplified by the famed Cuban School of Ballet,” as stated in the push release.

Peña knew the earth of dance in Cuba for acquiring been section of it just before settling in the United States and conceived the team based mostly on two criteria: (1) ballet is the style of theatrical dance most well-liked by Cubans, and (2) Cubans never thoughts continuously going to see the identical perform particularly if it is a classic title.

Simply because the most vital thing is the forged, and one of the favorite pastimes of those who attend the displays of the Nationwide Ballet of Cuba has constantly been to assess the artists’ performances.

To the extent that, rather of pinpointing the operate by the name of the choreographer or the tunes composer, the most prevalent way of undertaking it is, for case in point, referring to “the ‘Giselle’ of [name of the protagonist].”

The previous tends to make Cubans a extremely professional general public, who delight in with out any trouble the extroverted virtuosity of the Cuban College of Ballet when paying awareness to the specifics that enrich specific performances. It is a pretty peculiar -and amusing- scenario: all people is a admirer, and everyone’s a critic.

For those people who are Cubans, this revival of “Le Corsaire Suite” is the option to be equally matters yet again. And for individuals who are not, it is an invitation to spend a good Saturday evening -excellent art is also amusement- with a person of the most profitable CCBM programs.

“El Corsario Suite” by the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami will be introduced at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Miami Dade County Auditorium. Tickets can be ordered at www.cubanclassicalballetofmiami.org, by browsing www.ticketmaster.com, or at the theater box office.

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