The Dying Swan performed by Anastasia Kolegova

The Dying Swan is a ballet choreographed by Mikhail Fokine in 1905 to Camille Saint-Saëns’s cello solo Le Cygne from Le Carnaval des Animaux as a pièce d’occasion for the ballerina Anna Pavlova.The short ballet follows the last moments in the life of a swan:

"Arms folded, on tiptoe, she dreamily and slowly circles the stage. By even, gliding motions of the hands, returning to the background from whence she emerged, she seems to strive toward the horizon, as though a moment more and she will fly—exploring the confines of space with her soul. The tension gradually relaxes and she sinks to earth, arms waving faintly as in pain. Then faltering with irregular steps toward the edge of the stage—leg bones aquiver like the strings of a harp—by one swift forward-gliding motion of the right foot to earth, she sinks on the left knee—the aerial creature struggling against earthly bonds; and there, transfixed by pain, she dies."

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