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The Australian Ballet: Nijinsky (Melbourne)

  • State Theatre Melbourne 100 Saint Kilda Road Saint Kilda, VIC, 3182 Australia (map)

Celebrity, visionary, muse: Vaslav Nijinsky changed dance forever with his explosive leap and his shockingly sensual choreography, before a dark descent into madness ended his career.

John Neumeier, one of the greatest living choreographers of the story ballet and director of the acclaimed Hamburg Ballet, charts Nijinsky’s rise and fall through the vivid memories unfolding in the dancer’s mind during his last performance in a Swiss hotel. He recalls his troubled family, his ill-starred romances and the transcendent performances that brought him fame.

The ballet is a tour de force for the whole company, but especially the male dancers, who are given the opportunity to evoke Nijinsky’s distinctive style amid sets and costumes inspired by the exotic glamour of the Ballets Russes.

Both a moving tribute and a spectacular piece of theatre, Nijinsky will transport you inside the mind of a genius – and to extremes of anguish and ecstasy.

Chopin Prelude Op.28 No.20
Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien, Op.26 (I)
Laurence Matheson, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Op.35 (I, III, IV)
Shostakovich Viola Sonata Op.147 (III)
Shostakovich Symphony No.11 Op.103

Orchestra Victoria
Nicolette Fraillon, conductor

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Earlier Event: August 5
ANAM Fellowship Recital 3
Later Event: October 8
Ballet Mechanique