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English National Ballet
Le Corsaire

Tue 22 - Sat 26 October 2013

Tue - Sat 7.30pm
Thu 2.00pm
Sat 2.30pm

Le Corsaire (The Pirate) is a thrilling ballet about Conrad, a dashing pirate, and his love for Medora, a beautiful harem girl. It is a swashbuckling drama of captive maidens, rich sultans, kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet. English National Ballet is the first UK Company to perform the complete work which showcases some of the most bravura male dancing in the ballet repertoire.

Hollywood film designer Bob Ringwood (Batman, Alien 3, Star Trek Nemesis, Ai and Troy) has created new sets and costumes for this ripping period piece, an adventure story which promises unmissable entertainment and great dancing.

“Romance, betrayal, murder – even a shipwreck…” New York Sun

"This swashbuckling ballet has it all" New York Sun


Live Drawing Event

Date: Wed 23 October
Time: 10.00am - 1.00pm
Age range: 16+ years
Description: An exclusive live drawing event that focuses on capturing the body in motion during Company class. Start the morning with an open discussion led by a specialist visual artist on the nature of life drawing and the different skills required to capture the moving body. Then enter the auditorium as the dancers take their daily class for a one-hour drawing session with a unique view-point of the dancers on stage. Includes refreshments and professional feedback on the work created.

Please note that this event is for people aged 16 and above. Previous life drawing experience is advantageous, but not essential. This event is part of The Big Draw.
Participants must bring their own drawing materials – dry materials only.

Price: £20.00
To book: please call the box office on 02380 711811.

Dance Insights: Uncovering Le Corsaire

Date: Thu 24 October
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm
Age range: 16+ years
Description: a unique opportunity to explore the creation of English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire in more detail. Learn how the Wardrobe Department have brought Le Corsaire to life, by combining Eastern fabrics with new, handmade items to evoke the traditional Turkish setting. Explore the re-orchestrated score in detail and hear extracts from the ballet from members of English National Ballet’s Orchestra. You will also have the opportunity to watch ENB dancers warming up as part of their daily class.

Price: £40.00 (includes a ticket to the matinee performance on the same day).
To book: please call the box office on 02380 711811.

A Swashbuckling Le Corsaire Family Dance Workshop

Date: Sat 26 October
Time: 9.30am - 12.00pm
Age range: One child aged 5-16 years and 1 adult
Description: Get ready to sail the seven seas in a dance workshop inspired by the pirates of Le Corsaire. Learn extracts from the ballet and explore the world behind the scenes of the production, with a chance to see the costumes up close and watch the dancers take their morning class. This event is part of the Family Arts Festival.

No experience necessary. Event suitable for families, price includes one person aged over 16 and one person aged 5-16. Additional places available.

This is a family workshop aimed at families participating together. All paying participants must actively take part. Unfortunately we are unable to offer any tickets for family members wanting to spectate.

Price: £30.00 per pair. Additional single child/adult spaces are £17.50 each.
To book: please call the box office on 02380 711811.

Company Class

Date: Sat 26 October
Time: 11.30am - 13.00pm
Age range: 5+
Description: Watch the dancers warming up muscles and stretching before rehearsal and performance. See the exercises at the barre build and lead to the dazzling displays of virtuosity seen in the centre.

Price: £12.00 per person.
To book: please call the box office on 02380 711811.

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