045 The God of Dance

Vaslav Nijinksy, in a 1909 publicity photo from the Ballets Russes.
Vaslav Nijinksy, in a 1909 publicity photo from the Ballets Russes.

Vaslav Nijinksy bursts onto the scene as a new kind of ballet dancer for a new kind of ballet, becoming the star of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Over a five year period, 1909-1913, these two men would redefine ballet.

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Fanfare

Opening Theme

Shéhérezade
Composed in 1888 by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Public domain.
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Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune
Composed in 1894 by Claude Debussy. Public domain.
Performed by the Natalia Ensemble, and used pursuant to a Creative Commons license. Details.

Closing Theme

 

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One thought on “045 The God of Dance

  1. I’m really rather sad that we’re leaving Diaghilev and Nijinksy behind. I’ve grown quite fond of them. And I’m thrilled by the shout-out to Rodin, one of my favorite artists. Even if he was probably senile at the time.

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