Vintage Film of Anna Pavlova as the “The Dying Swan”

Today’s post is for those of you adicted to Masterpiece Theater’s miniseries “Mr. Selfridge.”  Follow this link to see vintage footage of the great and legendary ballerina Anna Pavlova perform her signature piece “The Dying Swan,” which was choreographed in 1905 by Mikhail Fokine.  The actual film was originally silent.  However, it is most often shown dubbed with Camille Saint-Saëns’  “The Swan” from “The Carnival of the Animals (Le carnaval des animaux)”.  Her last words were reported to be “Get my ‘Swan’ costume ready.”

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  1. By Anna Pavlova – Super star of the Belle Époque on September 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    […] You have to admit that one of the fun aspects of web-surfing is the discovery of the unexpected. Yesterday as I was doing some further reading and searching about Jack London and his circle, I came across the amazing photograph of Figure 1. This is the great ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881 – 1931). She is most famous today for her performances of Le cygne from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. I have in the past posted a video clip of her performance as the dying swan. […]