Nijinsky - A Ballet by John Neumeier (2DVD)

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Hamburg Ballet, John Neumeier

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Music by Chopin, Schumann, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich

Alexandre Riabko, Anne Lauderer, Carsten Jung, Lloyd Riggins, Alexandr Trusch, Carolina Agüero, Hamburg Ballet

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Nijinsky is the title of this ‘choreographic approach’ to a dance phenomenon that has been part of Neumeier‘s life ever since the beginning of his career. During his approximately ten years as a dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky (1889-1950) set a new standard both technically and expressively, while in his choreographic work he pointed the way towards modern dance. All three aspects - the dancer, the choreographer and the person Nijinsky - form the starting point for John Neumeier‘s latest creation. Neumeier, who as early as 1979 presented a short ballet ‘Vaslav’, is regarded as one of the leading Nijinsky experts worldwide. Nevertheless, it was not without reluctance that he took up the task of honouring - through dance - a dance legend: ‘In creating a work about a historical person, what aspect should we concentrate on? Who was he truly: The man? The artist? Which witness, what information can we trust, which theories should one follow? What point of view can we take towards the complex puzzle Nijinsky? An instinctive choice must be made...’

Bonus: Interview with John Neumeier about Nijinksy.

Recording Date: Hamburg State Opera House, April 2017

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

Picture: NTSC, 16:9

Languages Bonus: German

Subtitles Bonus: English, Japanese

Booklet: English, German, French, Japanese

Total Running Time: 168 mins (135 mins Ballet + 18 mins Bonus)