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Dance

Sex trafficking, pirates, slaves: English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is bang-on current

And their Latin dancers are showing us Brits that, in classical ballet, technical dazzle isn’t vulgar - it’s vital

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

23 January 2016

9:00 AM

Le Corsaire

English National Ballet, Coliseum, in rep until 24 January

I’ve seen some people saying that English National Ballet’s Le Corsaire is so out-of-date it’s risible to see it staged in the 21st century. Sex trafficking, men in black with scimitars in Istanbul, pirates trading slaves across the Mediterranean, rich fat men rubbing their jewelled paws over fresh young bodies — pshaw indeed!

But I’d like to have heard Tamara Rojo, ENB’s artistic director, pitch to her board and sponsors to get the shiploads of doubloons she needed to stage it with the bling and panache its spectacle requires.

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