Nijinsky by Lucy Moore
A Life

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Lucy Moore retells the familiar story engagingly, with due deference to Richard Buckle's completer account...
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'He achieves the miraculous,' the sculptor Auguste Rodin wrote of dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. 'He embodies all the beauty of classical frescoes and statues'. Like so many since, Rodin recognised that in Nijinsky classical ballet had one of the greatest and most original artists of the twentieth century, in any genre.


Immersed in the world of dance from his childhood, he found his natural home in the Imperial Theatre and the Ballets Russes, he had a powerful sponsor in Sergei Diaghilev - until a dramatic and public failure ended his career and set him on a route to madness. As a dancer, he was acclaimed as godlike for his extraordinary grace and elevation, but the opening of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring saw furious brawls between admirers of his radically unballetic choreography and horrified traditionalists.


Nijinsky's story has lost none of its power to shock, fascinate and move. Adored and reviled in his lifetime, his phenomenal talent was shadowed by schizophrenia and an intense but destructive relationship with his lover, Diaghilev. 'I am alive' he wrote in his diary, 'and so I suffer'. In the first biography for forty years, Lucy Moore examines a career defined by two forces - inspired performance and an equally headline-grabbing talent for controversy, which tells us much about both genius and madness.


This is the full story of one of the greatest figures of the twentieth century, comparable to the work of Rosamund Bartlett or Sjeng Scheijen.

 

About Lucy Moore

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Lucy Moore is an author and broadcaster whose work includes the bestselling Maharanis: The Lives & Times of Three Generations of Indian Princesses. She has written for the Sunday Times, the Observer, Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, and has presented series for the BBC and Sky.
 
Published May 2, 2013 by Profile Books. 337 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Arts & Photography, History, Gay & Lesbian, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Guardian

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Reviewed by Peter Conrad on May 04 2013

Lucy Moore retells the familiar story engagingly, with due deference to Richard Buckle's completer account...

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Reviewed by Veronica Horwell on May 01 2013

...his final curtain was cruel, and Moore lowers the darkness with great tenderness.

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Reviewed by Lew Whittington on Aug 03 2014

Lucy Moore had not written about dance until this book, but her research and notations are meticulous, and beyond that, her command and authority of describing performance, historical context and Nijinsky’s life of triumph and defeat.

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