St Petersburg, Mariinsky Theatre

Chopiniana
 Le Spectre de la rose
 The Swan
 Schéhérazade 

Les Saisons Russes. Michel Fokine's ballets

Opening of the 239th season at the Mariinsky Theatre (Historic stage)

Performers

Credits

Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Choreography by Michel Fokine (1907)

About the production

... Our joint work (with Anna Pavlova) was The Dying Swan. It took just a few minutes to create the ballet. It was amost an improvisation. I danced in front of her, she was there, just behind me. (... ) Before that production I had been accused of being involved in ‘barefoot’ dancing and was generally opposed to dancing en pointe. The Dying Swan was my response to this criticism. This dance became a symbol of new Russian ballet. It was a serious work of perfect technique and expression. It was like a kind of proof that dance can and should not just please the eyes but also get into the soul.
Michel Fokine. Highlights from Memoirs of a Ballet-Master


Premiere: 22 December 1907, Mariinsky Theatre

Running time: 4 minutes

Age category 12+

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