John Neumeier's Nijinsky, music by Chopin, Schumann, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Shostakovich

The Hamburg Ballet

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John Neumeier — Choreographer

Alexandre Riabko — Vaslav Nijinsky

Carolina Agüero — Romola Nijinsky

Patricia Friza — Bronislava Nijinska

Aleix Martínez — Stanislav Nijinsky

Ivan Urban — Serge de Diaghilev

Anna Laudere — Eleonora Bereda

Carsten Jung — Thomas Nijinsky

Silvia Azzoni — Tamara Karsavina

Alexandr Trusch — Nijinsky as “Harlequin” and “Le Spectre de la rose”

Marc Jubete — Nijinsky as “The Golden Slave” and “The Faun”

Lloyd Riggins — Petrushka

Jacopo Bellussi — Leonid Massine

Ondřej Rudčenko — A pianist

The Hamburg Ballet

Program notes

The Polish dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky was a great inspiration to John Neumeier from early on in the younger dancer’s career. Premiered in 2000 by the Hamburg Ballet (where John Neumeier is director and principal choreographer), the ballet Nijinsky evokes the career of the man nicknamed the “God of Dance”. Neumeier focuses the work on the pivotal moment when Nijinsky began to sink into the madness that would eventually lead to his death. Mixing art and life on stage, he creates a moving tribute that evokes the artistic circle and some of the greatest roles of this truly singular artist.

Photo: © Kiran West

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