Death of the Swan: The Tragedy of Pavlova

  • January 26 - 28, 2024
  • The Screening Room

    127 East Congress Street
    Tucson, Arizona 85701
Ticket Price $15.00 This event is now over

In the early 20th Century, beloved Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova created her most well known solo piece: The Dying Swan, danced to Camille Saint-Saens’ La Cygne. The dance tells the story of a swan at the end of it's life, fighting to escape Death's grip before succumbing to the inevitable. Although the Swan breathes its last at the end of the dance, its beauty lingers on, as does the impact of Anna Pavlova's legendary career. This was the inspiration for Death of the Swan, a 45-minute, two-person show featuring live music, detailing Pavlova's life, death, and lasting legacy.

Content Warning: 13+, Loud Noises, Depictions or Discussion of Violence.

Artist Bio: Maddie Natoli (she/they) is a Director, Deviser, and Actor. Some of their favorite works have included directing Failure: A Love Story (2018); portraying Eli in Let the Right One In (2021); and devising, designing, and performing the dying swan: the tragedy of pavlova (2023). In the long term future, they hope to utilize the skills they’ve acquired at Scottsdale Community College to open up their own theater company, as well as continue to produce devised work.

Date & Time

Jan 26 - 28, 2024

Venue Details

The Screening Room

127 East Congress Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701 The Screening Room
Tucson Fringe Festival

The Tucson Fringe Festival is an unjuried, uncensored performing arts festival. Since 2011, following international fringe tenets, the festival provides artists with low-risk, low-cost opportunities to perform by using economies of scale to reduce venue rental costs and by taking only 20%, and sometimes 0%, of the artist’s earnings. Tucson Fringe also provides the Tucson arts community with avant-garde, non-traditional performing arts at low-cost ticket prices.

The festival does not curate or select the performances, maintaining an environment in which everyone and anyone can perform. This ensures that underrepresented artistic voices, such as people of color, the LGBT+ community, women, and other marginalized genders, are championed in our community.

The festival takes place in January every year across multiple venues in downtown Tucson. On average, every year the festival has 20+ shows with between 50-60 performances during the festival weekend.

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