“Work on the history of the world famous dancer Vaclav Nizhinsky for me began with a close study of documentary materials, books about Nizhinsky, an interview with his contemporaries, his diary. Together with our creative group, we chose the main events for us, fantasized, conceived.
Our characters: Vaclav Nizhinsky, Sergey Diaghilev, Igor Stravinsky, - they say in words that at the beginning of the twentieth century were really written or spoken by these landmark people for the history of world culture.
For me, the story of Nizhinsky is a story about a sunny man for whom losing the opportunity to dance is like losing your mind or ceasing to exist. The story of the tragic discrepancy between the power of talent and the power of personality. The story of the legendary dancer, choreographer, predicted the development of all modern dance on the eve of the First World War.
His ballets insulted and delighted society. His foot was like that of a bird. His rapid rise and the same rapid decline to this day remain a parable in the tongues ... ".
Leyla Abu al-Kishek, director:
“Nizhinsky is one of the most mysterious dancers in the history of world ballet. Having delved into his short but vibrant creative life, I met with a lot of contradictions. Nizhinsky himself associated himself with the main character of Dostoevsky’s novel “Idiot”. And this is the truth: he was a brave genius on stage, but absolutely unsophisticated, naively honest man in everyday life, like Prince Myshkin. Nizhinsky's leap became a legend, the ability to transform was shocked by the audience and critics. And bold choreographic experiments opened a new age of dance. But what caused the death of such a bright talent? The search for an answer to this question led our creative group to unexpected discoveries, which formed the basis of the story about the "Ingenious idiot."
The performance lasts 2 hours 20 minutes with intermission.
The performance is recommended for spectators over 16 years old (16+).