Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
Choreography by Michel Fokine (1907)
... 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
World premiere: 22 December 1907, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg
Running time: 4 minutes
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