Dances of Death

Giselle, 1841, by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, Ballet du Théâtre de l’Académie Royale de Musique, Paris. Revived 1884, 1899, 1903 by Marius Petipa for the Imperial Russian Ballet.

The Red Shoes, 1845, fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen.

Swan Lake, 1877, by Julius Reisinger for the Bolshoi Ballet. Revived 1895 by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Mariinsky Theater. Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1875-76).

The Dying Swan, 1905, by Michel Fokine for Anna Pavlova. Music by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The Red Shoes, 1948, film by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, based on the fairy tale and on key personalities of the Ballets Russes (esp. Diaghilev, Massine).

Snow White, 2008, choreography by Anjelin Preljocaj. In the final scene, the evil queen is forced to wear burning shoes and dance herself to death.

Also, Dance Macabre, Todtentanz: Morality plays traced back to the mid 14th Century.  Characters from all walks of life and all social classes, each invited by Death, God’s Messenger, to pass to the other realm.  Play begins and ends with interpretive sermon emphasizing lessons of right living and preparation, for death comes to all.

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