Nijinsky, clown de Dieu

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Ballet in two parts with choreography by Béjart, music by Pierre Henry and Tchaikovsky, costumes by Joëlle Roustan and Roger Bernard, set and lighting by R. Bernard. Premiered 8 Oct. 1971 by the Ballet of the 20th Century at Forest National in Brussels, with Donn, Bortoluzzi, Lommel, Lanner, Mejia, Van Hoecke, Farrell, Albrecht, and Ullate. Using quotations from Nijinsky's diary, 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 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 is inspired by a quotation from Nijinsky's diary: ‘I will introduce myself as a clown…to make myself better understood.’

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