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Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet: Reconstruction of the Dance and Design for Jeux (Dance & Music #12) (Paperback)


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Vaslav Nijinsky's Jeux, to a commissioned score by Claude Debussy, is a daring dance poem about the libertine manners and mores of the Bloomsbury artists he and designer Leon Bakst observed at a nocturnal tennis party in London's Bedford Square. The ambiguous coupling and tripling Nijinsky explored in Jeux startled the public, as did Debussy's music, in which both the tango and turkey trot, as well as pleasure-garden themes inspired by Wagner's Parsifal are quoted. Critics attacked not so much the ethics of the ballet as its post-impressionist aesthetics, influenced by the French painters that Bloomsbury had revealed to England since 1910. Despite contemporary references, athletic moves and pure spatial geometry, Jeux disarmed spectators in 1913 because it still looked like a ballet. Nijinsky had discovered neoclassicism in dance. In 1996 Millicent Hodson, choreographer and graphic artist, together with Kenneth Archer, scenic consultant and art historian, premiered the reconstructed Jeux in Verona at the Teatro Filarmonico. During the spring 2000 restaging in London at the Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, Hodson completed the reconstruction dance score.Nijinsky's Bloomsbury Ballet presents the dance score with its verbal and visual documentation of the period, as well as Hodson's choreographic drawings and text collated with music. Archer contributes an essay on Bakst's costumes and d cor. The book is a companion volume to Hodson's reconstruction score for Le Sacre du Printemps, Nijinsky's Crime Against Grace, published by Pendragon Press in 1996.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781576470428
ISBN-10: 1576470423
Publisher: Pendragon Press
Publication Date: August 17th, 2008
Pages: 316
Language: English
Series: Dance & Music