Vaslav Nijinsky

Vaslav Nijinsky is sometimes known as the greatest male dancer of the 1900s; a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer, could even dance en pointe, which was unusual for men during his time. His parents were dancers, too, and are responsible for getting Nijinsky involved in dance. After he graduated he joined the Imperial Ballet Company. Even though he was new to the company, Nijinsky was not placed in the corps de ballet; he was granted primary roles from the start! Nijinsky became the lead male dancer of Ballet Russes in 1909. He also fell in love with the founder, Serge Diaghilev. The year of 1912 marked the time when Nijinsky began to choreograph his own dances. Though an amazing dancer and choreographer, his work tended to cause unease and sometimes even riots in the audience; ballets like Le Sacredu Printemps and L’apres-midi d’un Faune were two particular ones that created a stir. Nijinsky introduced an entirely new concept of ballet dance with his ballets, something that turned out to be highly controversial with his audience. 


Lana Rakestraw


2 thoughts on “Vaslav Nijinsky

  1. I think it’s very interesting that he could dance en pointe. This probably contributed to his strength and grace. I’m eager to see and learn more about the controversial ballets he produced and see why they were so in their time. I think it makes him an even better artist, however, that he did step out of the comfort zone in choreography.

    Danielle Gardner

  2. I researched about Anna Pavlova, and when she joined her first company, she also got to skip being in the corps de ballet and go straight to a primary role! I found that very interesting. She also danced in Ballet Russe like he did. I also think it is very interesting that he could dance en pointe. For some reason, whenever I think of someone dancing en pointe, I always think of a girl.

    Erica Swilley

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