Nijinsky was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer of Polish descent. Nijinsky was one of the most gifted male dancers in history. His ability to perform seemingly gravity-defying leaps was legendary. Nijinsky was born in Kiev, Ukraine, son of Polish dancers Tomasz Niżyński and Eleonora Bereda. In 1900, he joined the Imperial Ballet School, where he studied under Enrico Cecchetti, and Nicholas Legat. At only 18 years old he was given a string of leads. In 1910, a fellow Imperial Ballet dancer, Mathilde Kschessinskaya, selected Nijinsky to dance in a revival of Marius Petipa’s Le Talisman, during which Nijinsky created a sensation in the role of the Wind God Vayou.
Nijinsky met Sergei Diaghilev, a celebrated and highly innovative producer of ballet and opera as well as art exhibitions, who concentrated on promoting Russian visual and musical art particularly in Paris. In 1909, Diaghilev took his dance company, the Ballets Russes, to Paris, with Nijinsky and Anna Pavlova as the leads. The show was a huge success. Nijinsky’s talent showed in Fokine’s pieces such as “Le Pavillon d’Armide”, “Cleopatra” and “The Feast”. His partnership with Tamara Karsavina, also of the Mariinsky Theatre, was legendary, and they have been called the “most exemplary artists of the time”.
Then, Nijinsky went back to the Mariinsky Theatre, but was dismissed for appearing on-stage during a performance as Albrecht in Giselle wearing tights without the modesty trunks, obligatory for male dancers in the company. The Dowager Empress, Maria Feodorovna, complained that his appearance was obscene, and he was dismissed. It is probable that the scandal was arranged by Diaghilev, in order that Nijinsky could be free to appear with his company in the west, where many of his projects now centered around him. He danced lead roles in Fokine’s new productions Le Spectre de la Rose, and Igor Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, in which his impersonation of a dancing but lifeless puppet was widely admired.
Nijinsky took the creative reins and choreographed ballets. His ballets were L’après-midi d’un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun, based on Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune) (1912), Jeux (1913), Till Eulenspiegel (1916) and Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring, with music by Igor Stravinsky) (1913). Nijinsky created choreography that exceeded the limits of traditional ballet and propriety. For the first time, his audiences were experiencing the futuristic, new direction of modern dance. The radically angular movements expressed the heart of Stravinsky’s radically modern scores. Nijinsky’s new trends in dance caused a riotous reaction at the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées when they premiered in Paris.
In 1913, Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes toured South America. Diaghilev did not make this fateful journey, because he was told by a fortune teller in his younger days, that he would die on the ocean if he ever sailed. Without his mentor’s supervision, Nijinsky entered into a relationship with Romola Pulszky, a Hungarian countess. An ardent fan of Nijinsky, she booked passage on board a ship that Nijinsky was due to travel on, and during the voyage Romola succeeded in engaging his affections. They were married in Buenos Aires when the company returned to Europe. Diaghilev is reported to have flown into a rage, culminating in Nijinsky’s dismissal. Nijinsky tried in vain to create his own troupe, but a crucial London engagement failed due to administrative problems.
During World War I, Nijinsky was interned in Hungary. Diaghilev succeeded in getting Nijinsky out for the American tour in 1916. During this time, Nijinsky choreographed and danced the leading role in Till Eulenspiegel. However, it was around this time in his life that signs of his dementia praecox were becoming apparent to members of the company.
Nijinsky had a nervous breakdown in 1919, and his career effectively ended. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and taken to Switzerland by his wife, where he was treated unsuccessfully by psychiatrist, Eugene Bleuler. He spent the rest of his life in and out of psychiatric hospitals and asylums. Nijinsky died in a London clinic on April 8, 1950 and was buried in London until 1953 when his body was moved to Cimetière de Montmartre. The tombstone of Vaslav Nijinsky is in Cimetière de Montmartre in Paris. The statue, donated by Serge Lifar, shows Nijinsky as the puppet Petrouchka.
While immortalized in numerous still photographs, no film exists of Nijinsky dancing. Diaghilev never allowed the Ballets Russes to be filmed. He felt that the quality of film at the time could never capture the artistry of his dancers and that the reputation of the company would suffer if people saw it only in short jerky films. However, recently films have in fact surfaced out of the former Soviet Union!
“Je ne sais pas pourquoi ces rues S’ouvrent devant moi une à une Vierges et froides, froides et nues”—Je Ne Sais Pas - Jacques Brel - Paroles de la chanson
Les russes regagnent la Tunisie
Les Russes, montrent ainsi qu’ils n’ont pas diminué leur intérêt à la Tunisie, en tant que destination touristique favorite.
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The Darkest Hour ( Mad Max Russian )
Alors on se dit que c’est fait par des Russes, perdu, c’est un Américain au platine. Et finalement c’est pas mal, c’est quand même tournée à Moscou et c’est la que ça change. Ils auraient pu appeler le film Moscou Invasion mais il ne l’on pas fait. C’est du pop corn mais pas forcement le meilleur.
La vodka te sauvera !! Point: 3,4/5
Musique du jour (04/01/2011) : Smile (Les Poupées Russes)
Le morceau du jour : “Smile”
Composé par le groupe russe Seti, “Smile” est extrait de la bande originale des “Poupées Russes” réalisé par Cédric Klapisch (L’Auberge Espagnole, Ni pour ni contre (bien au contraire), Paris) en 2005.
Cette musique est utilisée dans la bande-annonce du film (à partir de 1’26”) :
En 2006, Cédric Klapisch a annoncé qu’il y aurait un troisième volet intitulé “Casse-tête Chinois” mais qu’il ne serait pas réalisé avant 5 ou dix ans, pour que les acteurs ait le temps de vieillir… Une bonne nouvelle :)
Les russes regagnent la Tunisie
Les flux de touristes russes devront regagner la Tunisie dans les quelques jours à venir, mettant ainsi fin une période de trois mois de rupture.
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Six Russes probablement morts dans l’incendie d’un cargo
Six Russes ont trouvé la mort le 16 mai 2013 dans l’incendie d’un cargo cambodgien ancré à Wakkanai ont indiqué les garde-côtes japonais et des médias.
Le sinistre s’est déclaré à bord du Taigan, un cargo enregistré au Cambodge et chargé de crabes et six Russes étaient portés manquants dans l’équipage de 23 Russes et Ukrainiens.
« Nous avons retrouvé six corps à bord et nous sommes en train de les identifier » a indiqué un officiel des garde-côtes.