English National Ballet and the Poetry Society present the new
Le Corsaire Resource Pack
This Resource Pack is designed to provide teachers with creative ways to inspire students by integrating a professional work into all aspects of the curriculum.
Le Corsaire Resource Pack (8.0 MB) [PDF]
Supporting Materials: Task Sheets 1 - 10 (3.8 MB) [PDF]
Pirate Hat Tutorial Instructions and Templates (4.8 MB) [PDF]
Pirate Hat Tutorial Instructions and Template (2.5 MB)
Treasure Chest Instructions and Template (3.2 MB)
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 kidnap and rescue, disguise and conspiracy, love and betrayal, culminating in a shipwreck which is one of the most breath-taking spectacles in ballet.
Below, you will find information about the context, themes and cross-curricular links that English National Ballet’s production of Le Corsaire offers. Tailored workshops for different Key Stages allow students a deeper understanding of the artistic and cultural relevance of this work.
Schools Repertoire workshops for Le Corsaire
Key Stages 1 - 2: A Pirate’s Life for Me
An energetic dance workshop that takes students on an epic adventure exploring the contrasting pirate characters of Conrad and Birbanto and their representation through both movement and poetry. With excellent cross-curricular links to English, History and Citizenship, this fun, practical session introduces basic ballet principles, whilst promoting team work and building creativity.
Key Stages 3 - 5: Uncovering the choreography
This choreographic workshop explores the use of written word to inspire movement, focusing on form and structure and specifically linking to GCSE Dance Unit 4b choreography, and A Level units 1 and 2. The workshop explores the representation of character through movement and written word. In addition to building technical and expressive performance skills, the workshop encourages students to consider production values within choreographed work.
The Context of Le Corsaire
• The production is based on the poem , written by Lord Byron.
• Le Corsaire is most famous for the Act II pas de deux between Medora and the Slave, Ali, which made a legend of Nureyev when he first performed in England with Dame Margot Fonteyn and the Royal Ballet in 1962.
• English National Ballet is the first UK Company to perform the complete work.
• This production is staged by Anna-Marie Holmes and designed by Hollywood film designer Bob Ringwood (Batman, Star Trek and Troy).