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Great European Lives

Vaslav Nijinsky

Great European Lives Podcast
Great European Lives Podcast

In this episode, host Charlie Connelly looks at the life of ballet dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. His performances oozed presence and, in a time before televised performances, he gained his reputation by word of mouth. His health, however, deteriorated as he got older, being diagnosed as schizophrenic by the man who invented the disease and he eventually died of kidney failure at the age of 61. Nonetheless, he is remembered as the dancer who defied gravity and soared, as if released from the bonds and cares of the world itself.

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