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Nijinsky at the NAC: a truly cathartic encounter between the dancer and his creations

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Guillaume Côté (Nijinsky) and Heather Ogden (Romola)
Photo:Chris Sonnemann

 

 The National Ballet of Canada’s staging of   John Neumeier’s Nijinsky, the artist who, by his personal and professional life, has certainly had the most influence on contemporary dance in the world, will go down in the annals of dance drama performance.  For the spectator, it does help if one is aware of the history of the Ballet Russe and the different individuals who worked with Nijinsky during his brief professional life because  Neumeier’s vision of the work does not try to reproduce autobiographical  accuracy or even imitate the many performances that attracted attention to Nijinsky’s dancing .  His emphasis is elsewhere. (Continue reading » )

Nijinsky: a provocative and fascinating exploration of the artist’s complex inner journey.

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Nijinsky, Photo courtesy of the National Ballet of Canada

NAC Presentation  from the National Ballet of Canada

Thrilling in scope, John Neumeier’s dazzling ballet is theatrical and unflinching, paying reverent, astute tribute to a tortured genius.  Vaslav Nijinsky changed the trajectory of dance in a spectacular and ephemeral career that came to an abrupt end with his descent into madness at the age of only 29. In this exhilarating production, the entire company draws on its extraordinary heart and stamina to bring to dramatic life a provocative and fascinating exploration of the artist’s complex inner journey. Nijinsky  is an unforgettable, balletic tour de force of artistry, narrative and spectacle. (Continue reading » )