Nijinsky – Genius and Insanity

Marcos Goecke’s Nijinsky Ballet PREMIERE with the Ballet Zurich on 9th March

There was rapturous applause from the audience for this emotional artistic biography of the greatest dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky.

I was lucky to talk to Jan Casier (Nijinsky), Irmina Kopaczynska (Mother of Nijinsky) and Mélanie Borel (Wife of Nijinsky). Learn more about these characters and dancers in new my youtube-Channel.

My interviews at the After Party
NIJINSKI – Trailer of the Ballet Zurich

Read this summary from the website of Ballet Zurich:

„Only ten glorious years were granted Vaslav Nijinsky at the head of Sergei Diaghilev’s legendary Ballets Russes. He intoxicated audiences – with virtuoso leaps and androgynous charisma – as the Faun and the Golden Slave. His audacious choreographies provoked scandals. He loved a man and married a woman. The dancer fell at the pinnacle of his fame. Before he died in London in 1950, he had spent thirty deranged years in the shadows of mental asylums. Compulsory admission to a psychiatric clinic, dubious diagnoses and experimental therapies drove his soul beyond the reach of others.

Marco Goecke has dedicated a feature-length ballet to this epoch-making dancer and choreographer. The result fascinatingly merges Goecke’s distinctive, nervously trembling, frantic body language with reminiscences of Nijinsky the artist. This also allows for choreographic elements of his career as a dancer to be incorporated. The choreography focuses on Nijinsky the man and his character, transposing emotions into highly aesthetic movement. Although Marco Goecke accompanies the exceptional artist through the stages of his life, the piece extends far beyond a purely biographical study, and focuses on fundamental questions. The magic and value of art takes centre stage – but also the price that it intransigently exacts from all creative people.

After Deer Vision and Petrushka, Marco Goecke will once again be a guest of Ballett Zürich to develop a new, extended version of his Nijinski ballet with the ensemble. The original was premièred at the Theaterhaus Stuttgart’s Gauthier Dance festival to great acclaim.

Together with Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Frédéric Chopin’s two piano concertos – played by the Swiss pianist Adrian Oetiker – will form the musical framework of this moving evening. Pavel Baleff will conduct the Philharmonia Zurich.“ Abstract of website of Ballet Zurich


Ballett von Marco Goecke
Musik von Frédéric Chopin und Claude Debussy
Schweizerische Erstaufführung / Zürcher

Neufassung Choreografie Marco Goecke 
Musikalische Leitung Pavel Baleff
Bühnenbild und
Kostüme Michaela Springer 
Lichtgestaltung Udo Haberland 
Dramaturgie Esther Dreesen-Schaback

More performances at Opernhaus Zürich until 6th April 2019!


Autor: ballettlovers

I danced ballet as child, albeit with little success. Despite this, my passion for ballet and dance has carried into adulthood. I still love to watch ballet performances and would love to share my passion with you.

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