The Death of the Swan

Mikhail Fokine

Maya Plisetskaya gives new vigor to this classic choreography. Plisetskaya's swan is a less resigned metaphor for life and death in which the frantic flapping of hands and arms is nothing more than a demonstration of her will to cling to existence.

  • World premiere by: Ana Pavlova at Mariinsky Theater, Saint Petersburg (Russia), December 22nd 1907
  • Premiere by Compañía Nacional de Danza: (Ballet del Teatro Lírico Nacional) at Centre Cultural Caixa Terrassa, Terrassa (Barcelona, Spain), January 17th 1988


  • Coreography:
    Mikhail Fokine
  • Music:
    Camille Säint-Saens (1835-1921)
  • Costume Design:
    Alexander Scheshunov
  • Running time:
    4 minutes
  • Premiere cast CND:
    Maya Plisétskaya