SWAN SONG (TIFF 2023) – Review by Rachel West

Director Chelsea McMullan takes the camera backstage of the National Ballet of Canada’s 2022 production of Swan Lake, choreographed for the first time by Artistic Director Karen Kain. Kain, who famously debuted in the ballet in 1971, is not only one of Canada’s most famous dancers but is recognized around the world. Now, after over 50 years with the company, Swan Lake is her, well, swan song, as she gracefully faces retirement with one last meaningful artistic vision: a Swan Lake that will resonate with contemporary audiences. Swan Song offers an intimate look at the National Ballet of Canada like we have never seen before. With outstanding visuals and gorgeous production, by the time the final curtain falls, it is impossible not to have a deeper appreciation and love of ballet. It is not to be missed.

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