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Swan Song

Date:
8 Jun 2024, 19:00–20:40
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Cinema
Age restrictions
18+

2023, Chelsea McMullan

Canada
99 minutes, English with Russian subtitles

Documentary

An unexpected perspective on the most symbolically intense ballet. Screening as part of Beat Film Festival 2024.

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For every Russian, Swan Lake associates with changes. Its production brings change not only to the audience: the Canadian and world ballet star Karen Kain is staging her own version of Tchaikovsky's masterpiece, bidding farewell to theatre after half a century.

Shot from Swan Song, 2023

The agony and ecstasy of ballet is blisteringly captured in this stunning documentary.

— Eric Marchen, Untitled Movie Podcast

Swan Song looks behind the scenes of the National Ballet of Canada, capturing every detail: the conflict between the director and prima, the pandemic pause, nervous breakdowns, general fatigue... In comparison with this film, the much-praised in its time  Black Swan seems quite harmless.

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