Three generations of prima ballerinas pass on one unforgettable dance.




“Madam and The Dying Swan” tells the story of the four dancers all who have danced the original steps of The Dying Swan starting with Anna Pavlova, it traces the origins of the dance the Dying Swan, along with the life of Dame Ninette de Valois as recalled by friends and colleagues to her eventual passing on of these early steps to The Royal Ballet’s prima ballerina Marguerite Porter. It 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.

Internationally award winning filmmakers Candida Brady and Titus Ogilvy’s poignant and in-depth examination of the ‘passing on’ Anna Pavlova’s lost steps from Fokine’s ‘The Dying Swan’ is a must see for any dance or ballet fan. ‘The Dying Swan’ is one of the Fokine’s greatest choreographic works and one which Anna Pavlova made famous for all over the world.

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