Vaslav Nijinski

(1889-1950)

This legendary dancer and choreographer, here wearing his costume for L’Après-midi d’un faune, has been a star of the Ballets Russes from 1909 to 1913. The famous company of Serge de Diaghilev was invited to the Théâtre du casino of Deauville from August 6 to 21, 1912 to perform in five shows during the inaugural season. This company was performing in France for the first time. Nijinski, at the very zenith of his career, danced in Deauville: Le Spectre de la Rose, Le Festin, (pas de trois taken from Les Sylphides), L’Oiseau bleu, (taken from Sleeping Beauty) and Carnaval. These shows were performed at the apex of his career. In 1919, he was affected by schizophrenia and confined in a psychiatric hospital.

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