Ballet by John Neumeier

Music: Frédéric Chopin, Robert Schumann, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography, Set and Costumes: John Neumeier
based partly on original sketches by Léon Bakst and Alexandre Benois

"Nijinsky" is the title of this "choreographic approach" to a dance phenomenon that has been part of Neumeier's life ever since the beginning of his career.

During his approximately ten years as a dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky set a new standard both technically and expressively, while in his choreographic work he pointed the way towards modern dance. His personal fate and mental illness that forced him to spend the last 30 years of his life in various asylums and in the keeping of his wife gave his short artistic career an even more aweinspiring and sensational quality.

All three aspects - the dancer, the choreographer and the person Nijinsky - form the starting point for John Neumeier's latest creation. Neumeier, who as early as 1979 presented a short ballet "Vaslav", is regarded as one of the leading Nijinsky experts worldwide. Nevertheless, it was not without reluctance that he took up the task of honouring through dance a dance legend: "In creating a work about a historical person, what aspect should we concentrate on? Who was he truly: The man? The artist? Which witness, what information can we trust, which theories should one follow? What point of view can we take towards the complex puzzle Nijinsky? An instinctive choice must be made..." and sensational quality.

In the main roles:
Vaslav Nijinsky: Alexandre Riabko
Romola Nijinsky: Carolina Agüero
Bronislava Nijinska: Patricia Friza
Stanislav Nijinsky: Aleix Martínez
Serge Diaghilev: Ivan Urban
Eleonora Bereda: Anna Laudere
Thomas Nijinsky: Carsten Jung
Tamara Karsavina: Silvia Azzoni
Leonid Massine: Jacopo Bellussi
The Dancer Nijinsky:
as Arlequin in "Carnaval" and as the spirit of the rose in "Le Spectre de la rose": Alexandr Trusch
as the Golden Slave in "Scheherazade" and as the Faun in "L'Après-midi d'un faune": Marc Jubete
as Petrushka in "Petrushka": Lloyd Riggins

Recorded live at the Hamburg State Opera (2017)
Video Director: Thomas Grimm
Producers: C Major Entertainment, NHK, NDR, arte

Interview with John Neumeier
Languages: German (Subtitles: English and Japanese)

Ballet: 135 minutes / Bonus: 18 minutes
Filmed in High Definition, 1080i, 16:9
Sound Formats: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD MA 5.1
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)

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