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I'm not sure whether my question fits this forum; sorry if it does not.

 

I have video tapes of Maya Plisetskaya dancing Dying Swan, but I'm wondering whether tapes of others dancing that variation exist? Are any of them with Russian ballerinas?

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Mel Johnson

There are quite a few around, and mostly with Russian ballerinas. What did you have in mind?

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"Nina Ananiashvili & International Stars Vol. 2" has an amazing Dying Swan performance by Nina, and yes, she is Russian. :wink:

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Is there a tape with Galina Mezentseva dancing Dying Swan? Or Yulia Makhalina?

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Mel Johnson

Interest in that solo in recent years has been, well...dying. Further, it is more tightly controlled by the Fokine Estate than it used to be. As you go back in time, you'll find more of it, like Ulanova, Toumanova, Timofeyeva, and all the way back to 14-frames-a-second Pavlova.

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Thank you for all the information. :thumbsup: I was just asking because I have to dance the Dying Swan May 9th, and although I know the choreography and have seen it many times, I wanted to see more :)

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ToThePointe

There is a tape of Natalia Makarova performing said piece. She is gorgeous in it. Her arms are so expressive.

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Where might one buy any performance of the Dying Swan in the USA?

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Try Amazon.com. Just type in the name of the performer, ballet, or company, and you should get some results.

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citibob, if you visit Amazon.com and just type in Dying Swan, you might not get any results, as tapes of just that piece do not exist (although I'm not sure). You might have to search for tapes with other variations to find it. You could buy Plisetskaya Dances, from Kultur. It's a video about Maya Plisetskaya, and features numerous excerpts from ballets she has danced. Although the cover does not list Dying Swan, it's on the tape.

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There was once a series on dance that was hosted by Dame Margot Fonteyn, in the early 80's. I forget the title but it had a clip of Pavlova doing it on film, very rare footage. I think it was the Magic of Dance - six films, produced by the BBC, or something like that. It was a long, long time ago.

 

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Dance_Scholar_London

If you have any chance to go to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at the Lincoln Center you should definitely go. They have an amazing archive there and had a lot more material about dance than the Theatre Museum in London.

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balletstar811

I believe there is a Swan Lake video that Yulia Makhalina stars in, though it is the full length ballet.

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