Madam And The Dying Swan

“The intriguing new film follows the journey of Pavlova’s famous solo ‘The Dying Swan’ as it is passed down to new generations of ballerinas.”.

Time Out

CAST

SYNOPSIS

The Dying Swan is a variation that’s been performed more than any other dance on all of the world’s greatest stages. Created for ballet’s first super star Anna Pavlova by choreographer Michel Fokine, Pavlova first danced The Dying Swan in 1907 at a gala held in the Hall of Noblemen in St Petersburg in aid of a charity for poor mothers and newborn babies.

The Dying Swan and Anna Pavlova would become linked forever-during her career she danced the solo over four thousand times. But the version she first danced before the First World War was to change and mutate away from the original which would have been lost forever had it not been notated by a young Dame Ninette de Valois.

The film “Madam and The Dying Swan” tells the story of the four dancers who have danced the original steps of The Dying Swan. Starting with Anna Pavlova, the film documents the origins of the Dying Swan, the life of Dame Ninette de Valois as recalled by friends and colleagues to her eventual passing on of the early steps to prima ballerina Marguerite Porter.

The film uses restored and unseen footage of de Valois teaching the original steps and movements of The Dying Swan to Porter before coming up to date, twenty six years later, when Porter decides the time is right to pass the steps on to the next generation- the Royal Ballet’s up and coming star Marianela Núñez.

DANCERS

ANNA PAVLOVA

DAME NINETTE DE VALOIS

MARGUERITE PORTER

MARIANELA NÚÑEZ

INTERVIEWEES

DAVID BINTLEY CBE

(DIRECTOR OF BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET)

MEREDITH DANEMAN

(RETIRED BALLERINA, BIOGRAPHER MARGOT FONTEYN)

DAME BERYL GREY

(RETIRED PRIMA BALLERINA)

SIR PETER WRIGHT

(RETIRED DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL BALLET)

DAME MONICA MASON

(DIRECTOR THE ROYAL BALLET)

JULIA FARRON OBE

(RETIRED PRINCIPAL BALLERINA THE ROYAL BALLET)

ALEX STANNUS

(DAME NINETTE DE VALOIS’ GREAT NEPHEW)

CLEMENT CRISP

(BALLET CRITIC FINANCIAL TIMES)

WAYNE SLEEP OBE

(RETIRED PRINCIPAL DANCER THE ROYAL BALLET)

GRAHAM BOWLS

(RETIRED ENGLISH TEACHER ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL)

SIR JOHN TOOLEY

(RETIRED DIRECTOR ROYAL OPERA HOUSE)

SIR ANTHONY DOWELL

(RETIRED PRINCIPAL DANCER AND DIRECTOR OF THE ROYAL BALLET)

MARGUERITE PORTER

(RETIRED PRINCIPAL DANCER THE ROYAL BALLET)

MARIANELA NÚÑEZ

(YOUNGEST PRINCIPAL DANCER THE ROYAL BALLET)

ANNA MEADMORE

(ARCHIVIST ROYAL BALLET SCHOOL)

ABOUT

MUSIC BY:

The composer for Madam and The Dying Swan is Massimo Nicolosi whose evocative tones of the music score, combine different moods which serve as an appropriate accompaniment to the story. More examples from rising composer Massimo Nicolosi’s repertoire can be found here http://www.massimonicolosi.com/biography

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The poster for MADAM AND THE DYING SWAN was designed by graphic artist Holly Ducker.

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