Thursday, May 27, 2010
The scene before the Danse Sacrale of "Le Sacre du Printemps", both in stills and video, one of my favorite dance moments. I love the stillness of "The Chosen One" and the action of the maidens but more than that, there is an almost taunting that is going on here. The music is askew and shrill, withdrawing and attacking. Nijinsky almost runs with that in the choreography, having the maidens jump with heads tilted, childlike, a playground effect, the equivalent of pointing and shouting and all this as the Chosen One prepares to sacrifice herself for their survival. It is a sickening feeling when you know the story. That she will dance herself to death is so dark and macabre that you have to wonder who besides Nijinsky - considering that everyone but the janitor claimed Le Sacre their idea- might have been insane.
Regardless...it was absolute mad genius. Happy 98th Anniversary to Stravinsky, Nijinsky, Diaghilev, Roerich, Maria Plitz the original Chosen One, the janitor and everyone involved with the debut of Le Sacre du Printemps on May 29, 1912.
Thank you for taking that chance. It might have been nothing but Swans and Sugarplums were it not for your vision. - Fatova Mingus.