Vaslav Nijinsky

(1889-1950)

The legendary dancer and choreographer, here in costume for L'Après-midi d'un faune, was the star of Les Ballets Russes from 1909 to 1913. Serge de Diaghilev's famous troupe was invited to Deauville's Théâtre du Casino from August 6 to 21, 1912, for five performances as part of the inaugural season. For the first time, the company performed in France outside Paris. Nijinsky, then at the height of his career, danced in Deauville: Le Spectre de la Rose, Le Festin, (pas de trois from Les Sylphides), L'Oiseau bleu, (from La Belle au bois dormant) andCarnaval. These performances in Deauville marked the peak of Nijinsky's happy period, before he fell into a schizophrenia that led to his psychiatric internment in 1919.

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