Review: Le Corsaire at Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

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When in the presence of such greatness as Alina Cojocaru, a certain amount of awe is expected.

Add to that the athleticism of Yonah Acosta and the graceful strength of Junor Souza and you have a mighty performance.

The English National Ballet’s staging of Le Corsaire at the Mayflower in Southampton this week is exactly that.

Cojocaru, Souza and Vadim Muntagirov as Medora, Ali and Conrad respectively give electrifying performances, especially in the wonderfully athletic and technically challenging second act.

Acosta’s Birbanto brings a heated energy and masculinity, perfectly countering the tender and beautifully-danced pas de deux of the lovers. The music soars with the dancers, the dramatic score conducted by Gavin Sutherland and played by the company’s outstanding orchestra.

Michael Coleman as the Pasha and Juan Rodriguez as his assistant draw chuckles from the audience with some wonderful character work. First Soloist Crystal Costa has a presence and artistry to rival Cojocaru’s. A definite one to watch.

Bob Ringwood’s beautifully lavish costumes bring the stage alive with colour as the company’s talented dancers display that magical mix of athlete and artist that is the beauty of the ballet dancer. Simply wonderful.

Until Saturday.

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