The peace of God to all that belong to the Light
In 1916 after years of to be confined in an exile forced by the WWI, in Hungary, treated as a war prisioner due to his Russian citizenship, although
being married with a Magyar wife, Vaslav Nijinsky is rescue by the impresario that made him so famous, Sergei Diaghilev, to join to his new tour of
the Ballet Russes starting in New York.
It took since 1914 in long and extremely hard negotiations in which many prominent members of the Royal houses of Europe, specially with the help of
Queen Alexandra of Denmark, serving as mediators to convince the Hungarian government that Nijinsky was not an enemy spy, but an artist that was
being victim of the horrible international circumstances of the moment, in order that they facilitate this free transit to Switzerland with his baby
daughter and his wife.
They crossed Austria with the special permit granted as war refugees, until reach a neutral territory.
Those were so stressful months in which the genius that had debuted with so much success in Paris by 1913 with his performance in the choreographies
of Mikhail Fokin, like L'Spectre de la Rose, Petrushka , Scheherazade, Chopiniana, Polovtsian dances and Swan lake, was unable really to train, no
theater or forum, just what he could do every morning in the back yard of their house in Budapest.
le Spectre de la Rose
Nijinsky passed two of the most promising years of his dancer career isolated of the great public of Ballet for an European conflict that was going to
destroy in terrible way his fatherland and the cultural world be came from in St Petersburg.
There were no news from his old class mates or teachers at the Marinsky Ballet or the Vaganova dance a academy, as well as really few information of
his brother and mother, lost in the turmoil first of the continental war and gradually also behind the night of the Revolution.
le Sacre de Pritemps
His return to America in that last season with Diaghilev was of course very demanding, there was a lot of expectation from his fans in each city. The
tour was exhausting in all aspects, tbe public also wanted to see Nijinsky Choreographies that became scandalous famous in Europe, like L' apres midi
d'un Faune, or l'Sacre pritemps, and Jeux, but Diaghilev decided to use a more conservative repertoir, so excluded them in favor of the classics or
Fokin previous hits.
l' apres midi d'un Faune
Although he and his old manager tried to repair the damage caused by the rupture of their partnership motivated by the surprising decision of Vaslav
to marry Romola de Pulsky in Buenos Aires at the very end of a South American season in 1913, the relationship was never the same.
By September of 1917 he gave his last performances in Argentina, the same country where his personal tragedy had began three years before, and the
people although enthusiastic noticed at some point that he needed to make a tremendous effort to perform at a minimum of acceptable quality the same
ballets he was a monster in the past.
However, there was something he retained until the end of his stage career, his incredible balloon, his ability to jump in so high and eternal
parabolas that defied the law of gravity, and his great acting skills.
He was already entering in the shadows of the schizophrenia in which he became trapped, dreaming for years in his own personal universe of mystical
fantasies, where he was going to spend two more decades recluded in a mental asylum in Switzerland.
His beloved wife was who took care of the child since then and for those twenty years in an Incredible act of the most unselfish love worked in tours
around the world promoting her best seller books of the Life of Nijinsky, which sales supported the family and the cost of the treatment of Vaslav.
In 1939 the Nininsky's family also became trapped again in a continent in war, but in that occasion they were forced to remain along it entirely in
Romola requested a humanitarian visa to the American Embassy, but it was denied, under the reason that the insanity of her husband made them
immigrants in high risk of need state support to survive.
That was the sad way America returned to Nijinsky the glory and impulse he gave to the history of Ballet in this land of opportunities.
Three modern nations dispute the honor of to be considered his fatherland, Poland as the original country of his parents, Ukraine that was his birth
place and Russia that formed him as the greatest star of Ballet of his generation and perhaps of History.
As an epilogue of this story let me finish saying that Vaslav Nijinsky recovered his sane mind after 1940 until his death in 1950 , thanks to the
invention of a new therapy that was the first one developed really effective to cure his dementia, the insulin shock.
After his recovery from schizophrenia Nijinsky worked that last decade of life teaching younger dancers and advising choreographers that were trying
to recreate his legendary ballets.
Thanks for your attention, the thread is open to remember this legend of the History of the performing Arts, who In justice is considered as the
father of the modern dance, and the archetype of the highest standards for the male Ballet dancer until our days.
His story and Romola's is also a profile of courage of the capacity of superation that exist in the human spirit with respect to the adversity, and
the strength of true love
Nijinsky name is used for the highest award that Poland grants to creative performing Artists and has been considered for the Orthodox and Catholic
churches as a possible candidacy for beatification.
The Angel of Lightness
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