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.
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.
“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.