Vaslav Nijinski

(1889-1950)

The legendary dancer and choreographer, here in the costume of Afternoon for a faun, was the star of the Ballets Russes from 1909 to 1913. Serge de Diaghilev's famous troupe was invited to the Deauville Casino Theater from August 6 to 21, 1912 for five performances given during the inaugural season. For the first time, this company is performing in France outside of Paris. Nijinski, then at the height of his career dances in Deauville: The Specter of the Rose, Le Festin, (no three extracts from The Sylphides), The Blue Bird, (extract of The Sleeping Beauty) and Carnaval. These performances in Deauville mark the peak of Nijinsky's happy period, before he sank into a schizophrenia which led to his psychiatric confinement in 1919.

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