THIERRY BOCCON-GIBOD Nijinsky, Clown de Dieu (Nijinsky, Clown of God) #04 1971 - x +
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CN: BoGi1971cd04

MT: silver print on paper (23x17 / F:43x38x1)

TX: printed at rear center in French <THIERRY / BOCCON-GIBOD // 128, Bd, de Courcelles / PARIS-17° 924-68-62>

DN: Mr. Megakles Rogakos in loving memory of Maurice Béjart - 2007

CM: Nijinsky, Clown de Dieu (Nijinsky, Clown of God) is a ballet homage to legendary dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950). The ballet in two parts with choreography by Maurice Béjart (1927-2007), music by Pierre Henry (b. 1927) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), costumes by Joëlle Roustan (b. 1935) and set and lighting by Roger Bernard. It was premiered on 8 October 1971 by the Ballet of the 20th Century at Forest National in Brussels, with Jorge Donn, Suzanne Farrell, Paolo Bortoluzzi, Jaleh Kerendi, Jörg Lanner, Daniel Lommel, Victor Ullate and Catherine Verneuil. Using quotations from Nijinsky's diary, known by Laurent Terzieff, the ballet presents the picture of a young man's search for truth, love and God. There are references to Nijinsky's four most famous roles: in Le Spectre de la Rose, Scheherazade, Petrushka, and L'Après-Midi d'un Faune, characters from which appear in the ballet as companions to Nijinsky. The title Nijinsky, Clown de Dieu (Nijinsky, Clown of God) is inspired by a quotation from Nijinsky's diary: "I will introduce myself as a clown... to make myself better understood."

[Megakles Rogakos 12/2007]

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