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Carlos breathes new life into dying swan

8 April 2020

A poignant and unique solo performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet's Céline Gittens. This “gift to you”, The Swan, has an ending specially adapted by Director Carlos Acosta. He says this “dance about life, about hope”, which was filmed in performers' homes, is “a new beginning”.

The Swan

A special solo performance at home by Céline Gittens, introduced by Carlos Acosta.

This is a dance of promises, it represents the end of something and the beginning of something else, and in these crazy times that we are living we all need a new beginning.
Carlos Acosta

A very special solo performance by Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Céline Gittens. The ending of The Swan was specially adapted by Carlos Acosta, who introduces it as “a dance about life, about hope”.

Music is from pianist Jonathan Higgins and cellist António Novais, while Gittens takes centre stage.

Originally titled The Dying Swan, this poignant piece was choreographed by Mikhail Fokine and set to Camille Saint-Saëns's Le Cygne from Le carnaval des animaux for legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova. The ending has been re-choreographed by Director of Birmingham Royal Ballet, Carlos Acosta, for the company's Home From Home series. It is presented here as part of BBC Arts' Culture in Quarantine.

Culture In Quarantine