15 de julio de 2009

Vaslav Nijinsky: the great dancer

Vaslav Nijinsky was a Russian ballet (born in Kiev, Ukraine) dancer and choreographer of Polish descent, with father and mother dancers.

Nijinsky was one of the most gifted dancers in history, and he grew to be celebrated for his virtuosity and for the depth and intensity of his characterizations. He could perform en pointe, a rare skill among male dancers at the time (Albright, 2004) and his ability to perform seemingly gravity-defying leaps was also legendary.

Nijinsky took the creative reins and choreographed ballets, which slew boundaries and stirred controversy. His most famous ballet is L'après-midi d'un faune (The Afternoon of a Faun, based on Claude Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune).

Christian Comte, French animator and one of the most known in Europe, makes a tribute to this famous dancer, showing us The lost film, Nijinsky as the faun in "l'après-midi d'un faune", and sharing great documentary animation in Animacam.

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