Would there be a better way to celebrate the life and art of a great dancer than dance itself? The Hamburg Ballet stages a powerful tribute to the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky, regarded as the most phenomenal dancer of all time. “Nijinsky” is the title of this “choreographic approach” to a dance phenomenon that has been part of Neumeier’s life ever since the beginning of his career. During his approximately ten years as a dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky set a new standard both technically and expressively, while in his choreographic work he pointed the way towards modern dance. His personal fate and mental illness that forced him to spend the last 30 years of his life in various asylums and in the keeping of his wife gave his short artistic career an even more awe-inspiring and sensational quality.
All three aspects – the dancer, the choreographer and the person Nijinsky – form the starting point for John Neumeier’s latest creation. Neumeier, who as early as 1979 presented a short ballet “Vaslav”, is regarded as one of the leading Nijinsky experts worldwide.
Two major works form the musical basis of the ballet: Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic poem “Scheherazade”, and the 11th Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich, subtitled “The year 1905”. Furthermore, there are two short piano pieces, used for the prologue – Chopin’s C minor prélude and “Carnaval” by Schumann – as well as the adagio movement from Shostakovich’s sonata for viola and piano, his last work.
When: 3:00pm and 8:00pm, Friday–Sunday, February 28–March 1, 2020
Where: Grand Auditorium, Macau Cultural Centre, Avenida Xian Xing Hai s/n, NAPE, Macau
How much: MOP $150–$380
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