Swan Song

Karen Kain spent 50 years with the National Ballet of Canada as a student, ballerina, and Artistic Director. “Swan Song” presents a candid, behind-the-scenes look at Kain’s final production as she directs an updated version of Swan Lake, the classical ballet that first brought her to the world’s attention in 1971. The stressful, chaotic days of rehearsals lead to opening night and the crowning achievement of an extraordinary career in dance.

Awards and Nominations

Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) – Canadian Documentary Feature Award, Winner (2023)


Chelsea McMullan



Film Details

2023, 110 min

This film has been sponsored by the family of Sara Holton, who aspired to dance with the National Ballet of Canada.

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