The dying of the swan, probably the most well-known works within the ballet repertoire, lasts simply 3 minutes and was created in simply half an hour by the Russian choreographer Mikhail Fokin. It’s a piece for a single dancer, besides the choreographer solved it with actually superb velocity. There was a motive, nonetheless: it was crucial to finish this system of a profit efficiency on the Circle of The Aristocracy Theater in St. Petersburg.
For that Fokin conceived the final moments of a dying swan with out difficult steps, however with an in depth work on the feelings of the swan-woman.
It was troublesome for the writer and his interpreter, the chic Anna Pavlova, to have imagined at the moment that an ephemeral piece in each sense of the phrase, would final in time in such an distinctive approach and that it will be danced with out interruption till the day of at present.
Maybe it’s crucial so as to add that Swan Lake and Loss of life of the swan they’ve completely nothing to do with one another, besides that each select as their symbolic theme that chicken of supreme class.
The classical dancer Anna Pavlova. ANNA PAVLOVA
Swan Lake, a big present, was premiered in 1895 and its authors had been Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov within the choreography and PITchaikovsky on the rating.
He alone Loss of life of the swan, on music by Camille Saint-Säens (just for cello in some variations, in others for harp and cello, or for cello and two pianos) was first launched in 1907.
Later, that tireless traveler Anna Pavlova – a type of involuntary ballet proselytizer – took her along with her personal firm virtually all around the world.
This isn’t an exaggeration: between 1912 and 1931 Pavlova toured all of Western Europe, North and South America, Southeast Asia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Egypt and India. A feat for the time. In every place that appeared, she lit vocations and lots of dancers have linked the start of their ardour for dance with the very fact of getting seen Anna Pavlova on stage.
Maia Plisetskaya danced “Death of the Swan” numerous occasions.
It could not be crucial so as to add that Loss of life of the swan was the spotlight of every program. Definitely there have been many nice dancers, from Maia Plisetskaya to the present star of the Royal Ballet Natalia Osipova, to call two very totally different generations, those that later made the interpretation of the dying swan their very own.
The recognition of Loss of life of the swan which led to numerous reversals and parodies as nicely.
It’s important to see Niní Marshall within the movie I need to be a Bataclana (1941) and his personal adaptation of the legendary solo (discovered on YouTube): his swan comes out of a small pond, strikes in a hilarious approach on his pointe sneakers, gargles with the pond water, dies fully sprawled, is shuffled off stage and comes out to salute indignantly.
The nice Niní Marshall made a parody of “The death of the swan” within the film “I want to be a Bataclana.”
One other parodic model is that of the Trockadero Ballets, a well-known and nice American ballet firm made up of transvestite males; With the fictional title of Ida Nevaseyneva, the dancer Paul Ghiselin performs a swan that loses its feathers all through the complete piece, makes use of an overflowing gesture, from anger to shock, and is fatally shot.
America’s nice trendy dance choreographer Doris Humphrey wrote in 1958: “Originally danced by Anna Pavlova, Death of the swan It moved countless spectators to tears and remains the paradigm of the romantic tragedy of dance. Not by the way due to the theme itself; Who could really care about a swan, living or dying? …
“There are two powerful factors that explain its success: symbolic meaning and movement. The swan glides and this movement can be gracefully imitated in dance.
It is the aesthetic emblem of the last century and the maximum degree of elegance and beauty consisted in seeing them from the windows of the living rooms. On the other hand the swan swam or stood still to the delight of its masters. Could there be anything more moving than the death of the supreme symbol of beauty?
Beyond the countless dancers who performed her, Anna Pavlova’s identification with the Swan is indestructible. He died in 1931, when he was 55 years old. He had not interrupted his tours or a single season; and although her knees were somewhat damaged, she was unwilling to rest.
And so she was in a state of great exhaustion when the train that took her to Holland had an accident. She insisted on helping the wounded, running through the snow clad barely in a light coat. When he arrived in The Hague he had double pneumonia. His last words were: “Have the Swan suit ready”.
Throughout 2020, the Gauthier Dance Firm of Germany, created a digital work -one of the various sources triggered by the pandemic-, impressed by Loss of life of the swan and composed of sixteen totally different neoclassical and modern variations. A legendary work that continues to be very a lot alive.