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The great Nijinsky: God of Dance

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With one grand leap off the stage at the 1909 premiere of the Ballets Russes's inaugural season, Nijinsky became an overnight sensation and the century's first superstar, in the days before moving pictures brought popular culture to the masses. Perhaps the greatest dancer of the twentieth century, Nijinsky captured audiences with his sheer animal magnetism and incredible skill. He was also half of the most famous (and openly gay) couple of the Edwardian era- his relationship with Serge Diaghilev, artistic director and architect of the Ballets Russes, pushed boundaries in a time when homosexuality and bisexuality were rarely discussed. Nijinsky's life was tumultuous--after marrying a female groupie he hardly knew, he was kicked out of the Ballets Russes and placed under house arrest during World War I. Unable to work as he once did, his mental health deteriorated, and he spent three decades in and out of institutions. Biographical narrative is interspersed with spotlights on the ballets the dancer popularized- classic masterworks such as Afternoon of a Faun, The Firebird, and of course, the shockingly original Rite of Spring, which caused the audience to riot at its premiere. Illustrated with elegant, intimate portraits as well as archival art and photographs.
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subject_facetBallet dancers -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
Choreographers -- Russia (Federation) -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
Electronic books
Europe -- People & Places
LGBT -- YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION
Nijinsky, Vaslaw, -- 1890-1950 -- Juvenile literature
Performing Arts -- Biography & Autobiography
title_displayThe great Nijinsky : god of dance
title_fullThe Great Nijinsky God of Dance
The Great Nijinsky God of Dance [electronic resource] Curlee, Lynn.
The great Nijinsky : god of dance / Lynn Curlee
title_shortThe great Nijinsky
title_subGod of Dance
topic_facetBallet dancers
Biography & Autobiography
Choreographers
Europe
Geography
LGBT
Nijinsky, Vaslaw
Performing Arts
Young Adult Nonfiction