Mikhail Baryshnikov steps inside the splintering psyche of one of the greatest dancers in history in director Robert Wilson’s staging of Vaslav Nijinsky’s diaries. The text chronicles the onset of the iconic Russian performer’s schizophrenia in 1919, tracing the contours of his profound isolation, tormented sexuality and spirituality, and preoccupation with erstwhile lover and Ballets Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev. Hal Willner’s collage-like score weaves audio fragments of the diary with a century-spanning soundtrack of songs by Tom Waits, Arvo Pärt, Henry Mancini, and Soviet futurist composer Alexander Mosolov, as our coat-tailed subject sashays and staggers through Wilson’s saturated lightscapes.
Direction, set design, lighting concept Robert Wilson with Mikhail Baryshnikov
Based on the Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky
Text - Christian Dumais-Lvowski
Dramaturgy - Darryl Pinckney
Music - Hal Willner
Costumes - Jacques Reynaud
Collaboration to movements and spoken text - Lucinda Childs
Lighting Design - A.J. Weissbard
This performance is in English and Russian with English subtitles.
Robert Wilson is a CAP UCLA Fellow. The Fellows Program is dedicated to celebrating masters of their craft through multi-year presentation commitments. CAP UCLA Fellows program is supported in part by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy.
A Change Performing Arts and Baryshnikov Productions project commissioned by Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi, BAM, Cal Performances University of California Berkeley, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA in collaboration with Teatros del Canal Madrid, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo/Monaco Dance Forum.
CAP UCLA's presentation made possible by the George C. Perkins Fund and the Merle & Peter Mullin Endowment for the Performing Arts. Generous support provided by Diane Levine and Bob Wass.
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