32 beautiful and strong women from different walks of life including South Africa’s very own Monike Cristina of Joburg Ballet, came together virtually to speak the common language of dance in an effort to raise funds for fellow dancers who are struggling financially.
In a viral compilation video, ballerinas from around the world, including the US, Australia, the UK, South Africa, Norway, Russia, Cuba, France, the Philippines, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Denmark, and China filmed themselves dancing to Saint-Saëns’ “The Swan” – the 13th and penultimate movement of his 1886 suite, “The Carnival of the Animals”.
In these unpredictable times, ballet companies – like many organisations – are fighting to survive.
The special video performance was made to help dancers who are struggling financially.
Initiators Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips launched the online initiative, “Swans for Relief”.
Funds raised will be distributed to each dancer’s company’s Covid-19 relief fund, or other arts/dance-based relief funds.
Watch the video below.
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