Not many ballet lovers know that these both ballets are not connected at all.
The DYING SWAN is a world-famous 4 minutes ballet choreographed by Mikhail Fokine to the music of Saint-Saens in 1905 for the great Prima Ballerina Anna Pavlova – premiered in St Petersburg in 1905. Anna Pavlova performed this ballet more than 4000 times and it became her signature ballet.
SWAN LAKE is probably the most popular of all classical romantic ballets – a four acts masterpiece in ballet history, composed between 1875 and 1876, first performed in 1877 at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre with choreography by Julius Reisinger. However, what is commonly seen today is the most popular version of SWAN LAKE, composed by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, premiered at St Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre on 27 January 1895. Nowadays we can see many totally different interpretations in all genres. For more info check the link here: https://balletloversblog.com/2017/03/22/watch-swan-lake-but-which-version/
THE DYING SWAN has a comeback today as it is shown by different ballet and dance companies. Just one brand new work to mention is THE DYING SWANS PROJECT by Eric Gauthier. To motivate his dancers of the GAUTHIER DANCE Company in times of cancellations due to Covid 19, Eric Gauthier encouraged 16 choreographers, 16 composers and 16 video artists to make 16 solos for each member of his company. What a unique project! For more info check the link here: https://balletloversblog.com/2021/04/17/16-amazing-new-creations-by-gauthier-dance/
THE DYING SWAN short Film of Stuttgart Ballet
Together with the film production company Royal Film Company, the Stuttgart Ballet has created a short film that expresses how much our dancers miss their audience during the pandemic.
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A lot has been said and written in Germany about the continued closure of theatres and how much audiences are missing the performing arts and how much citizens are longing to visit cultural institutions. But we miss you too! We’ve collaborated with the production company Royal Film Company, based in Stuttgart, to show what we’ve been missing. The video, featuring Principal Dancer Anna Osadcenko, is titled „We Miss You“ and expresses what the dancers and Artistic Director Tamas Detrich have been feeling since the last performance of the Stuttgart Ballet in front of a live audience in October 2020. Starring Anna Osadcenko, Principal Dancer of the Stuttgart Ballet Director: Moritz Schreiner Production: Royal Film Company Stuttgart Camera: Josua Stäbler Filmed at the Opera House in Stuttgart, Germany.
More performances of THE DING SWAN
Full Performance of Swan Lakeby American Ballet TheatRE
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Unknown-photographer-anna-pavlova-the-dying-swan-1912, Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), found on Flickr
Learn about Eric Gauther’s THE DYING SWANS PROJECT
More about the choreographer and ballet director Eric Gauthier