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.
32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform Le Cygne (The Swan) variation sequentially with music by Camille Saint-Saëns, performed by cellist Wade Davis, in support of Swans for Relief. Organized by Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips, 100% of the funds raised will be distributed to each dancer’s company’s COVID-19 relief fund, or other arts/dance-based relief fund in the event that a company is not set up to receive donations.
Martin Schläpfer ist momentan ein sehr gefragter Choreograf. Gerade wurde der Ballettchef der Oper am Rhein in Düsseldorf mit dem Grossen St.Galler Kulturpreis ausgezeichnet. 2020 übernimmt der Schweizer das renommierte Wiener Staatsballett.
Somit war ich sehr gespannt auf Schläpfer’s SCHWANENSEE, der heute morgen im WDR ausgestrahlt wurde. Sofort fällt auf, dass Schläpfer diesen Ballettklassiker sehr entschlackt hat.
Interview with Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet, also known as Mao’s Last Dancer
Everybody knowns the story of Mao’s Last Dancer but not everyone is aware of his current career as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet. I was lucky to get the opportunity to talk to him about the new production of Swan Lake in May 2017. Then I was invited to watch a rehearsal which I really loved. It was heartbreaking!
It’s only 25 days until Christmas – but there is still enough time to think about Christmas gifts!
Here are my top suggestions for all ballet lovers:
Invite your ballet loving friend to join you for a live ballet performance and top of the evening with a nice glass of champagne. There’s nothing better than some festive bubbles to enliven your discussion of the performance. The Nutcracker or Swan Lake are perfect ballet choices to get you both in the Christmas mood.
All rankings are subjective but first in mind I am thinking of the TOP 6 which have been internationally famous for decades and are the most common ones. These ballet companies are considered as such because they have a Ballet School, a repertoire, a great corps, and have survived more than one director.
If you want to see the ballet SWAN LAKE, better check first what interpretation will be shown. There are so many different versions. Almost every choreographer has done his own ballet. It is up to you. Watch youtube-Videos and accompanying descriptions.
Opening night at the Opera Zurich on 6. February 2016
As much as I like the performance of the Zurich Ballet, ballet lovers may be confused by the steps and dancing. In the old days, ballet had different standards as we are now used to. It was all about conveying a story – meaning a lot of acting, and less jumps and footwork. Even the most famous of arm movements were not shown. I really missed seeing these beautiful swan-like movements.
Foto by Gegory Batardon
Ratmansky’s swans however are more like girls. Odette plays the part of a young lady who falls in love, and is shocked after her lovers betrayal. I must say, I like this performance a lot – stunning setting, awesome costumes, great pantomime, brilliant principal dancers, perfect corps de ballet, however I still prefer the quality of dance that we have today.