Vaslav Nijinsky and Serge Diaghilev Essay by The Research Group

Vaslav Nijinsky and Serge Diaghilev
This paper discusses Serge Diaghilev's influence on Vaslav Nijinsky's choreography for the Russian Ballet.
# 18869 | 1,575 words | 9 sources | 1991 | US
Published on Feb 24, 2003 in Dance (History)

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"Between 1912 and 1916, Vaslav Nijinsky choreographed four works for the Ballets Russes. These works (L'Apres-Midi D'Un Faune, Jeux, Le Sacre Du Printemps, and Til Eulenspiegel) were radical innovations in the world of dance choreography. Serge Diaghilev, the director of the Ballets Russes, had a strong influence on this contribution by Nijinsky. In addition to making Nijinsky a star, Diaghilev provided the young dancer with his first opportunity to work as a choreographer. Diaghilev was a teacher and homosexual lover to Nijinsky, as well as his employer. The influence of Diaghilev on Nijinsky's career was so powerful, it can be said that he served as "a kind of father figure" to the dancer. In fact, Diaghilev tended to provide this role for most of the young male artists that he worked with. By introducing young dancers to artistic ... "

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