Through adapting The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky (1953), Nijinsky’s War offers a subjective view into Nijinsky’s life and his ongoing struggle with mental illness, through a combination of theatre, film and dance.
Directed by Gopala Davies, choreographed and artistry by Ignatius van Heerden. Fresh from the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, having won a 2017 Standard Bank Ovation Award in excellence, and the SATMag Award for Best Cutting Edge Production 2017, Leftfoot Productions offers Nijinsky’s War.
Nijinsky, who is cited as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century, was celebrated for his virtuosity and depth of characterizations. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to various asylums for the last 30 years of his life. The production reimagines Nijinsky after he has been committed to a mental asylum.
In this state of limbo, Nijinsky re-lives his best moments in dance, from L’après-midi d’un faune (1912) to the controversial Jeux (1913), and finally the sacrificial ritual Le Sacre du Printemps (1913). The play parallels Nijinsky and van Heerden’s life; growing up as a farm boy in South Africa, and his journey becoming a dancer and choreographer.
Venue: POPArt Theatre, 286 Fox St, Maboneng Precinct
Time: Thu to Sat 8pm | Sun 3.30pm
Cost: R100 – R120