Misty Copeland: Dancers around the world have created a fascinating video to raise funds for the relief of other dancers’ coronavirus

Ballerina Isabella Boylston with the American Ballet Theatre performing "The Swan" in support of the Swans for Relief initiative.

Misty Copeland, principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater and fellow dancer Joseph Phillips have teamed up with the non-profit Entertainment Industry Foundation to launch “Swans for Relief”, a virtual ballet world event.

The relief fund aims to raise funds for dancers who depend on performance income to cover basic needs such as rent and food, and are now struggling financially as dance companies close their doors due to the pandemic.

Thirty-two dancers from 22 dance companies in 14 countries – including South Africa, France, Mexico and China – participated in performing “Le Cygne” or “The Swan” by Michel Fokine.

The performance included music by Camille Saint-Saëns, played by world-renowned cellist Wade Davis. Each dancer performed a solo part of the dance.

“For us, the idea of ​​32 beautiful and strong women from different walks of life coming together to speak the common language of dance seemed so unifying and empowering in these uncertain times,” Copeland and Phillips said of the event. GoFundMe page.

“The arts are fundamental for bringing people together and helping us to process the human condition, and in these truly unusual times it is the dancers who can truly use the support.”

The money raised will be distributed to all coronavirus relief funds of the participating dance companies, as well as to other dance-based relief funds if their companies do not accept donations.

Copeland, the first African American female lead dancer at the Theater Ballet Theater, said on Twitter the purpose of using this specific dance, also known as “The Dying Swan”, was to “create the symbol of eternal struggle in this life and all that is mortal”.
The initiative, which it was launched on Wednesday with a target of $ 500,000, he raised nearly $ 90,000 by Saturday.


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