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A Study of L’Après-midi d’un faune

November 10, 2011
Nijinsky in L’Après-midi d’un faune

Nijinsky in L’Après-midi d’un faune

I have a fascination with Nijinsky. I think his extraordinary vision forever changed the world of ballet as it was then known. I find interest in the many different versions of his ballets, be it L’Après-midi d’un faune or Sacre du Printemps. Though I have witnessed many different variations of Sacre du Printemps be it by Martha Graham, Maurice Bejart or my favorite of all, Pina Bausch’s, all stretch the imagination and original concept of Nijinsky’s work.

Here I have discovered two widely yet similar interpretations of L’après-midi d’un faune (Afternoon of the Faune). Below is a solo for danced wonderfully by Wallace Jones, choreographed by Fabrice Jucquois and performed for the International Aids Tanzgala in Regensburg, Germany in November of 2010.

Prelude à l’après midi d’un Faune

Music: Claude Debussy

Choreography: Fabrice Jucquois      Dancer:Wallace Jones

Below is a very provocative duet, choreographed by Sergio Simon, director of the Ballet Opéra de Limoges (Limoges Opera Ballet) in April of 2010. It also sticks to the original concept of Nijinsky’s L’Après-midi d’un faune, the faune lost and confused within the throes of sensuality or a maybe it is a newly awakened sense of his own lust.

L’après-midi d’un faune

Ballet Opéra de Limoges

Music: Claude Debussy

Choreography: Sergio Simon

April 2010

I applaud both pieces for their originality and conviction!

Nijinsky in L’Après-midi d’un faune

Nijinsky in L’Après-midi d’un faune

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