The Outsider

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Vaslav Nijinsky was in many ways an outsider. The famous Russian dancer's Polish roots, slightly Asiatic looks and  upbringing in a family of itinerant dancers made him a source of disdain among his peers as a boy. In adult life, though the centerpiece of Serge Diaghilev's world famous Ballet Russes and adored by his public, the dancer's sexual orientation and mental instability made it impossible for him to lead a "normal" life. The outsider nature of Nijisnky's life is the focus of Hamburg Ballet director John Neumeier's powerful work … [Read more...]