IS THE DYING SWAN Part of SWAN LAKE?

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.

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My Top 5 Ballet and Dance Videos filmed in lookdown

Ballet Dancers in Isolation

Swans For Relief

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.

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The Secret of Fouette Turns

How can ballerinas do turns on pointe?

You’ve seen dancers do the 32 fouettés in Swan Lake, but why don’t they get dizzy? David McAllister, Artistic Director of the Australian Ballet, is here to teach us how to turn like a dancer. ©FB Australian Ballet

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Schwanensee ohne 32 Fouettés

Martin SchLäpfer’s Neuinterpretation von 2018

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.

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Swan Lake has taken 4 years of patience

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!

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5 Christmas gift ideas for Ballet lovers!

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:

 

Theatre tickets

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.

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TOP 10 Classical Ballet Companies

Top of the Ballet World

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.

What do you think? Which company you love most?

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I feel naked on stage

Rainer Krenstetter, principal dancer of the Miami City Ballet talks about his experiences in the US

Back when Rainer Krenstetter was a member of the ballet company of Staatsballett Berlin, I often had the opportunity to watch him perform. I was completely fascinated by his brilliant technique and elegance, and I will never forget Béjart’s masterpiece “RING UM DEN RING”, where Rainer delivered an outstanding performance in the role of Loge.

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TOP Ballet SWAN LAKE interpretations

What is YOUR favorite?

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.

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What is your favourite pas de deux?

Here are 5 trailers of the favourite Royal ballet pas de deux.

I am interested what are yours. Please tell me. Mine is definetely the Black Swan Pas de Deux By POLINA SEMIONOVA and FRIEDEMANN VOGEL.

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