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Alone into the World: Reflections on Solos from 1919 by Vaslav Nijinsky and Mary Wigman

Ramsay Burt

in On Stage Alone

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780813040257
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780813043869 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813040257.003.0003
Alone into the World: Reflections on Solos from 1919 by Vaslav Nijinsky and Mary Wigman

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This is a deeply textured argument that raises questions about the bonds connecting aloneness, relationality, and the ecstatic state, with reference to the theories of Maurice Blanchot and Jean-Luc Nancy. The springboard is two solo concerts in Switzerland: Vaslav Nijinsky's last performance ever when he was a patient suffering from schizophrenia in a mental hospital in St. Moritz; Mary Wigman's first ever solo performance in Davos, both in 1919 in the aftermath of World War II and a social milieu of rising consumerism. European modern dance and Ausdruckstanz would soon emerge.

Keywords: Vaslav Nijinsky; Mary Wigman; relationality; ecstasy; Maurice Blanchot; Jean-Luc Nancy; Switzerland; schizophrenia; consumerism; Ausdruckstanz

Chapter.  9274 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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