The Royal Ballet’s Marianela Nuñez to perform The Dying Swan
On February 18th from 6.30pm a new film, Madam and The Dying Swan (a tribute to Dame Ninette de Valois) will be screened in the Linbury Studio at The Royal Opera House. The film covers the history of The Dying Swan solo, which de Valois learned from Anna Pavlova in the 1900′s.
The Dying Swan was choreographed by Mikhail Fokine to Camille Saint-Saens’ cello solo Le Cygne from Le Carnival des Animaux. Pavlova danced this short ballet many times, and the story shows the last moments of a swan’s life. You may have seen variations of this dance at galas, including a version by The Trocks, and it should not be confused with Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.
The evening is a fundraiser for the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School, and the link here is that its Director, Marguerite Porter, learned The Dying Swan solo from de Valois and in turn, taught it to The Royal Ballet Principal Marianela Nuñez, who will dance it during the evening. And that is what makes this evening very special indeed; this ballet passed from Pavlova to de Valois, to Margeurite Porter and Nuñez, in an unbroken line.
This is a rare chance to see an unbroken line of choreography dating from the 1900′s danced by one of today’s foremost classical ballet dancers
The Yorkshire Ballet Summer School is a charity that encourages young dancers from all backgrounds through its annual summer school.
Tickets are £50 and you can either download the booking form and send it via the post or call Barbara Thomas (YBSS Secretary) on 01372 460134.
Watch Anna Pavlova dance The Dying Swan