Nijinsky: A Life

Nijinsky: A Life Lucy Moore
  • Title: Nijinsky: A Life
  • Author: Lucy Moore
  • ISBN: 9781846686184
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Nijinsky: A Life Lucy Moore Nijinsky A Life The first major biography for forty years tells the tragic story of ballet s great revolutionary Nijinsky He achieves the miraculous the sculptor Auguste Rodin wrote of Vaslav Nijinsky He embodies a
    The first major biography for forty years tells the tragic story of ballet s great revolutionary, Nijinsky He achieves the miraculous, the sculptor Auguste Rodin wrote of 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 ofThe first major biography for forty years tells the tragic story of ballet s great revolutionary, Nijinsky He achieves the miraculous, the sculptor Auguste Rodin wrote of 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 And his life is the stuff of legends a story of great beauty and great tragedy.Immersed in the world of dance from his childhood, he found his natural home in the Imperial Theatre and the Ballets Russes, and 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 godlikefor his extraordinary grace and elevation, but the opening of Stravinsky sThe Rite of Springsaw furious brawls between admirers of his radically unballetic choreography and horrified traditionalists.Though 2013 marks theRite s centenary, 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, bestselling author ofMaharanisLucy Moore examines a career defined by two forces inspired performance and an equally headline grabbing talent for controversy.
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      Lucy Moore

    About Lucy Moore


    1. Lucy Moore was born in 1970 and educated in Britain and the United States before reading history at Edinburgh University She is the editor of Con Men and Cutpurses Scenes from the Hogarthian Underworld, and author of the critically acclaimed The Thieves Opera The Remarkable Lives and Deaths of Jonathan Wild, Thief Taker, and Jack Sheppard, House Breaker Viking 1996 as well as Amphibious Thing the Life of a Georgian Rake Viking 2000 and Maharanis The Lives and Times of Three Generations of Indian Princesses Viking 2004 Maharanis has been reprinted six times, was an Evening Standard bestseller, and the top selling non fiction title in WH Smith on paperback publication in summer 2005.Lucy is a regular book reviewer for the Observer and the Sunday Times In April 2001, she was voted one of the Top Twenty Young Writers in Britain by the Independent on Sunday and in the Writers section of the New Statesman s Best of Young British issue.Television presenter work includes Nelson for Great Britons BBC and Kings in Waiting Edward VII BBC plus a number of talking head appearances.


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    1. Nijinsky, writes Moore his name alone conjures up romance, exoticism, scandal and tragedy Acclaimed historian Lucy Moore, who has written the first full length biography of Nijinsky for decades, believes that he transformed the world of ballet as the first male star of the modern era, with critics and audiences hailing him the God of the Dance She writes that he had the same dramatic impact on ballet as the work of Picasso had on painting.Vaslav Nijinsky, born in 1889, is said by many to be the [...]

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    2. I decided to read this because I am going to see the ballet based on Nijinsky s life later this year, and wanted to have a deeper understanding of who he was as a person and dancer I definitely recommend this book if you want to know about him I found that I could not put it down, and almost cried when I had finished it Moore presents an unbiased view on Nijinsky s life and details both the negatives and positives of those involved Thoroughly enjoyed it and wish I could go back and read it fres [...]

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    3. Most people know two things about Nijinsky he was often called the greatest ballet dancer of the twentieth century and he went mad I haven t read Buckle s biography, or the book by his wife, Romola, so I knew very little about him Reading Moore s account of his life is, therefore, a bit of an eye opener It s a little eerie to read of his childhood and early ballet classes in view of his later descent into schizophrenia he was a sensitive boy who had trouble being accepted and fitting in In his f [...]

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    4. I decided to read this book having watched Plushenko s Tribute to Nijinsky long program which was dedicated obviously to Nijinksy and hearing some of the commentators mentioning the effect he had on the world of ballet and the difficulties of his life.This biography was told in an interesting style, and though there were quite a few quotes from contemporaries of Nijinsky they didn t interfer with the flow of the story The only downside was none of the French phrases were translated and while I c [...]

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    5. It has taken me ages to finish this book but this is not because it wasn t good but because of lack of time I would have actually given it 4 and a half stars but this doesn t seem doable As a dance student, years ago, I read a lot of books on dance and dancers including Nijinsky I saw this in Waterstones and it looked very readable which it turned out to be.I was pleased to read a different take on him and possibly think this is accurate than some books I have read about him It is also interest [...]

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    6. I found this very hard to get into I HATE biographies that are written as if the author was there at the time He was so nervous, his clothes were wet, and so forth How does the biographer know about something that intimate that happened almost 100 years ago Give me straight up facts with some style.

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    7. OK biografia, chocia jak dla mnie troch za ma o w niej faktografii muzykologicznej i teatrologicznej jakiego szerszego t a, jak te spektakle by y przyjmowane przez wczesn krytyk , reszt rodowiska baletowego, czy wsp czesnych kompozytor w Nawet opinie Strawi skiego o inscenizacji w asnego, rewolucyjnego opus magnum, s przytoczone w szcz tkowej postaci Troch niedosyt.

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    8. Having read many biographies of Nijinsky, I have found this one extremely interesting and fresh in its portrayal of this extraordinary dancer and his times.

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