Premiering this Wednesday, the 13th, the show “O Corsário”, sponsored by Petrobras, promises to surprise the Rio public in the last season of the Theatro Municipal Ballet.
A masterpiece of classical ballet, the plot revolves around the pirate Conrad and the beautiful young Medora, who fall in love. She is kidnapped to be enslaved. And the plot intensifies in the protagonist’s fight to save his loved one.
The adaptation of the ballet is directed by Hélio Bejani, who signs the revival with Jorge Texeira, according to a Russian production by Marius Petipa. In addition to the exciting ensemble scenes and pas de deux that will take ballet lovers’ breath away, the revival maintains the influence of exotic and oriental elements in its choreography.
The Russian influence on Brazilian ballet goes back a long way. Corsário was performed for the first time at the Municipal on June 20, 1968, with the Ballet of the Stanislavski Theater in Moscow.
In November 2014, the Mariinsky Theater Ballet presented the complete version of the work at the Center’s theater. In 2022, the show was re-staged by Cia Bemo, from the Maria Olenewa State School of Dance.
It is worth remembering that Maria Olenewa was a Russian dancer, choreographer and ballet teacher, based in Brazil. Olenewa founded the State School of Dance at the Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro.
Inspired by a poem by Lord Byron (dated 1841), the ballet The Corsair was originally choreographed by Joseph Mazilier, with music by Adolphe Adam and Ludwig Minkus, and premiered in 1856 at the Paris Opera.
The show closes the 2023 season and will be conducted by maestro Jésus Figueiredo. There will be ten performances, which begin this Wednesday (13th) and run until December 23rd.
Municipal Theatre. Praça Floriano, s/nº, Centro.
From Wednesday to Saturday, starting at 7pm.
December 17th, show at 5pm and, on December 19th, start at 2pm (School Project).
Ticket prices vary from R$10.00 to R$80.00.
Tickets via the theater website:https://www.theatromunicipal.rj.gov.br
(Photos: Daniel Ebendinger)