SWAN SONG follows Karen Kain and a group of dancers drawn from across the company’s ranks, weaving the ballet’s dramatic creation process with intimate scenes from the subjects’ personal lives, as they push toward one of the most significant opening nights in their company’s history. Enjoy an exclusive sneak preview during Fall for Dance North's 9th annual festival before the four-part series airs in November 2023 on CBC and CBC Gem.
An FFDN Special Event
Screening of SWAN SONG Documentary Series, Episode 1
Artist Chat on stage with Karen Kain (Swan Lake Director/Choreographer), Jurgita Dronina (National Ballet Principal Dancer), Siphesihle November (National Ballet Principal Dancer), Arielle Miralles (National Ballet Corps de Ballet Member), Chelsea McMullan (SWAN SONG Co-Creator), Sean O'Neill (SWAN SONG Co-Creator) - moderated by Seika Boye.
Act III Pas de Deux, excerpted from Swan Lake, performed by The National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancers Genevieve Penn Nabity as Odile and Christopher Gerty as Prince Siegfried. Accompanied by live pianist Zhenya Vitort.
Choreography by Karen Kain, Christopher Stowell and Robert Binet after Erik Bruhn, Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa. Casting to be announced.
Total running time: Approx. 90 mins.
- Kain and The National Ballet of Canada granted unrestricted access to Swan Lake’s creation process and the filmmakers followed the series’ subjects for nearly two years through creative challenges, injuries, personal setbacks, a global pandemic that locked the company down, and a pointed push for equity and change from within the company's ranks.
- SWAN SONG’s intimate, character-driven approach invites viewers to consider the impacts of the culture of ballet on its artists—the series’ subjects, in various ways, challenge traditional ideals of race, gender, class and body type as they navigate a tradition that has historically valued compliance and perfection.
- At the same time, the series captures the sincere love of ballet that drives Kain and the dancers alike as they face extraordinary physical and mental challenges and make deep personal sacrifices in an effort to create something meaningful, beautiful and lasting.