Created in Saint-Petersbourg by Michel Fokine for the ballet dancer Anna Pavlova, La Mort du cygne becomes a legend in 1907. This monologue taken from the Carnaval des animaux de Camille Saint-Saëns, made famous by the greatest artists refers to the last moments of a swan, in an extremely poetic manner.
A moment of pure, this monologue is loaded with the power and the grace of a bird with several symbols among which, the symbol of light. The symbol of its immaculate whiteness, and of the projector highlighting the shadow of the swan in Fokine’s version or more simply the shadow of the sky from where the bird appears. The sky : Tradition gives it the value of the number three, that is why I multiplied the interpretation of that celestial song by three. Three swans, three women from heaven, come down on earth to die before reappearing in a new flight.
created on 17th June 2002
at the Festival de Kuopio (Finlande)
music Camille Saint-Saëns
choreography Thierry Malandain
set and costumes Jorge Gallardo
lighting design Jean-Claude Asquié
duration for the entire ballet 15’
ballet for 3 danseuses