God Nijinsky

Premiere - 29 October 2006


Author and director: Piotr Tomaszuk
Scenography: Eva Farkasova, Jano Zavarski
Music: Piotr Nazaruk

Cast: Rafał GąsowskiMonika KwiatkowskaDariusz Matys, Adam Milewski, Katarzyna Wolak

"Diaghilev is dead"... - these are the first words said in „God Nijinsky". At the derelict chapel of the lunatic asylum in Kreutzlingen starts the unusual panichida. Vaclav Nijinsky serves the requiem mass for his promoter and lover. He was told that the famous Russian Ballet's producer, Sergei Diaghilev had just died in Venice. Once Nijinsky promised him " Serge I will dance on your grave". So he dances, blessing his believers, a group of Kreutzlingen patients, participating with him in this astonishing ritual.

During this stunning service Nijinsky dances some of his ballet parts, from "Petrouchka", "Afternoon of a Faun" and "The Rite of Spring". It is his last role and the last confession - he descends into madness. In this act of total exposure and repentance we can see a great trespasser, a vainglorious actor, a shaman and a priest able to create his own, redeemable crucifixion.

The play is based on Nijinsky's "Diary", written during the six weeks he spent in Switzerland before being committed to the asylum. "God Nijinsky" will not let you to rest indifferent - it is the ingeniously performed tale about the absolutely exceptional but tragic dancer.


  • Grand Prix II Festiwalu Polskich Sztuk Współczesnych R@port, Gdynia 2007

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