Wednesday, July 12, 2017

An Unkind Time




There would be a price to pay.  There usually is when you take a wild chance like Nijinsky did with 1913's "Le Sacre du Printemps". 

I don't think he knew the price would be his life.  And if he did, would he have changed anything?


We all love the story of "The Rite". We all love the reconstruction!   It is all very dramatic and stunning....more than was expected, I believe.


But in our joy to have Nijinsky's work recovered, I think we forget the price he paid and the length of time he waited....and waited...


1987 was as important as 1913.  Nijinsky was alive and rejected, Nijinsky was dead and lauded and everything he may have believed was finally understood. 


Life was unkind to Nijinsky.