Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Just Amazing What You Can Google Up!

Vaslav Nijinsky filmed in Vienna on September 12, 1945

As you must be aware by now, I'm an inveterate and serial googler - for which, I am reliably informed, there is no known cure or medication.

The up-side to this dangerous condition are nuggets like this is unique footage of the greatest of of all Ballets Russes dancers, Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950).

It was filmed in Vienna on September 12, 1945 by an Occupation-authorised cameraman, and presented to the world through Pathe newsreel footage.

The legendary dancer is seen walking out of the entrance of a building and then down a street, accompanied by a uniformed American news reporter.

Other images of the dancer in this period for comparison are ...


Vaslav Nijinsky and his wife Romola in Vienna, 1947


Vaslav Nijinsky and his wife Romola in Vienna, 1945

I've added music to the video from 'Le Spectre de la Rose' (music: Carl Maria von Weber, choreography: Mikhail Fokine, sets and costumes: Leon Bakst) - The Rose being one of Nijinsky's greatest early roles ...

video

Amazing stuff, eh?

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