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Dr. Kostetskaya speaks about emotional fluidity in Russian ballet

April 20, 9:15am - 10:15am
Mānoa Campus, Hawai‘i Imin International Conference Center (1777 East-West Road, Honolulu HI)

In her presentation at LLL Graduate Conference "Storytelling: The Art of Translation," Dr Kostetskaya synthesizes connotations of emotional fluidity iconically represented in screendance of the Russian Symbolist period at the turn of the 20th century. For this purpose, she focuses on the famous solo The Dying Swan performed by ballerina Vera Karalli as part of her role in Evgenii Bauer 1916 film of the same name. The solo is based on Le cygne (“The Swan”), the 13th movement of The Carnival of the Animals (1886) by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921), and was first choreographed by Mikhail Fokine for Anna Pavlova. Within the context of Symbolism, the dance mimicking movements of a dying bird goes far beyond mimesis: it comes to signify the lived emotional experience of “dying of love” through the pliancy of the dancing body.


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