What does it remain today of a choreographic work that is considered a milestone in the history of Western dance at the beginning of the 20th century? In what forms has it survived over time? Who will take up its legacy?
The project Swans Never Die invites audiences and artists to think about The Dying Swan as an opportunity to learn about the many forms of its existence over time, since it was choreographed by Michel Fokine for Anna Pavlova in 1905.
Following the stages of this journey through the history and memory of dance, the spectator will be able to discover the bodies in which a choreographic work from the past survives, who takes up its legacy and the values it can transmit today and in the future.
In the evening Swans_2, the traditional version of The Dying Swan is presented with new creations by Camilla Monga and Collettivo MINE.
The performance will be followed by a talk hosted by the Professor Alessandro Pontremoli.
Swans never die is a project conceived and realised by :
Lavanderia a Vapore – Centro di Residenza per la Danza (gestito da un raggruppamento temporaneo di organismi formato da Piemonte dal Vivo, Coorpi, Didee Arti e Comunicazione, Mosaico Danza, Zerogrammi)
Operaestate Festival Veneto e Centro per la Scena Contemporanea CSC Bassano del Grappa
Triennale Milano Teatro
Fondazione Teatro Grande di Brescia
Festival Bolzano Danza – Fondazione Haydn
Il Cassero LGBTI Center – Gender Bender Festival
Università degli Studi di Torino – Corso di laurea in DAMS
By and with Camilla Monga
Live music Filippo Vignato e Emanuele Maniscalco
Coproduction Lavanderia a Vapore/Piemonte dal Vivo, Operaestate Festival Veneto e Centro per la Scena Contemporanea CSC, Bassano del Grappa, Triennale Milano, Teatro Brescia, Torinodanza Festival, Festival Bolzano Danza; “Memory in Motion.
Camilla Monga’s creation starts from the artistic synesthesia between dance and music, which becomes a crasis in the chosen title: Swaën, a combination of the noun Swan and part of the surname of the composer of The Dying Swan: Saint-Saens.
Swaën is a jazz trio that combines improvised and more structured movements involving one female dancer, the trombone player Filippo Vignato and the multi-instrumentalist Emanuele Maniscalco.
They are the authors of a re-writing of piece no. 13 of The Carnival of the Animals.
Choreography, invention and dance Francesco Saverio Cavaliere, Fabio Novembrini, Siro Guglielmi, Roberta Racis, Silvia Sisto
Performers Francesco Saverio Cavaliere, Fabio Novembrini, Siro Guglielmi, Roberta Racis, Silvia Sisto
Sound F. De Isabella
Styling Ettore Lombardi
Photo and video Tonia Laterza
Production Fabbrica Europa, Operaestate Festival/CSC Bassano
Living like I know I’m gonna die has been realized within Swans never die
(Danzare la memoria 2020-2022) with the support of Lavanderia a Vapore/Piemonte dal Vivo,
Operaestate Festival Veneto e Centro per la Scena Contemporanea CSC, Bassano del
Grappa, Triennale Milano, Teatro Brescia, Torinodanza Festival, Festival Bolzano Danza;
“Memory in Motion. Re-Membering Dance History (Mnemedance)” – Università Ca’ Foscari
Venezia; Ecole Universitaire de Recherche CREATES e Centre Transdisciplinaire
d’Epistémologie de la Littérature et des Arts Vivants, Université Côte d’Azur e con il
coordinamento scientifico di Susanne Franco.
” While we speak, time will have escaped greedily.
Grab this day”
Living like I know I’m gonna die is a dance for five bodies.
Two couples and a single one form a group in reciprocity, a single body made by linked arms
unfolds in a network of lightning-fast encounters that cross the space with a progressive and
The sudden rhythmic character articulates a continuous, intensely dense and intrinsically
fleeting movement, destined to change, dissolve and end challenging time and its ephemeral
In this way Pavlova daces the dying swan for Fokine, like a real fight against death,
embodying a constant symbol of the transience of existence and of life’s things.
Choreography Michel Fokine for Anna Pavlova
Music Camille Saint-Saëns
Dancer Martina Dall’Asta from Nuovo Balletto Classico
The historical choreography by Fokine The Dying Swan, performed from Nuovo Balletto di Toscana, ends the evening.
Full price: 3 euro
Under 6: free
In compliance with anti-Covid regulations, tickets can only be purchased online at www.biglietteriafonderia39.it up to one hour before the performance.
Therefore tickets cannot be booked by phone or by e-mail.
The ticket service in the Fonderia is suspended.
Tickets are not numbered.
You can enter the Fonderia 15 minutes before the performance, showing your online purchase.
At the entrance, the temperature will be tested and if the temperature exceeds 37.5°C, you will not be allowed to enter. Access to Fonderia is only allowed prior to the presentation of a valid Green Pass certification, excluding the children under the age of 12 and to subjects exempted on the basis of suitable medical certification – according to the criteria defined by the Ministry of Health. Our staff will check this certification at the entrance. It is required the correct use of the mask for the entire duration of the event.