Enter Hotel Des Indes and meet Anna Pavlova

Studio Simoncini performs The Dying Swan 22 times at world famous hotel.

Two Anna’s at Hotel Des Indes – Picture: Mirella Simoncini ©️ Studio Simoncini

The Dying Swan was performed 22 times at the monumental Hotel Des Indes on the Lange Voorhout in The Hague.

Anna Pavlova, the Dying Swan and Hotel Des Indes are inextricably linked.
The Dying Swan was created for Pavlova by Michael Fokine almost 100 years ago, it marked Pavlova’s rise to fame. She danced the solo all over the world. In 1931 Pavlova started her final tour and she would dance the solo in The Hague, but during the long train journey to the Netherlands she contracted pneumonia.
“Bring me my swan costume” were her last words before she died at Hotel Des Indes on 23 January 1931.

At the invitation of Hotel Des Indes, Mirella has taught the (almost) original choreography of the Dying Swan to two of her students, they performed the solo 22 times at the hotel.

Nina Zaaijer en Maria Frumau in Hotel Des Indes – Picture by: Mirella Simoncini 

The Dying Swan by Studio Simoncini
Music: Camille Saint-Saens
Choreography: Michael Fokine
Coaching: Mirella Simoncini
Dancers: Nina Zaaijer and Maria Frumau
Location: Hotel Des Indes

Besides Anna Pavlova, the hotel has an impressive list of famous visitors. The guest book contains names of kings, emperors, maharajas, presidents, generals, composers, Nobel Prize winners and many artists including Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and Prince.

Rehearsal at Studio Simoncini Aug. 2023

“Ballet should never look predictable. When you dance each move you make is a promise. Even when standing in preparation you are making a promise that there is a story to be told”

- Mirella Simoncini