Robert Wilson & Mikhail Baryshinov Present “Letter to a Man” Based on the “Dairy of Vaslav Nijinsky”as Part of BAM’S 2016 Next Wave Festival….
Iconic director Robert Wilson and legendary performer Mikhail Baryshnikov are joining artistic forces to create a new performance work based on the famous diaries of Russian dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky who, in his prime, was recognized as the most celebrated male dancer in the Western world, performing with Sergei Diaghilev’s renowned Ballets Russes. The project is the second collaboration for Mr. Wilson and Mr. Baryshnikov, whose production of Daniil Kharms’ The Old Woman, featuring Mr. Baryshnikov and Willem Dafoe, has been touring nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.
Of Nijinsky’s diaries, first published in 1936, American author Henry Miller wrote: “It is a communication so naked, so desperate, that it breaks the mold. We are face to face with reality, and it is almost unbearable…had he not gone to the asylum we would have had in Nijinsky a writer equal to the dancer. Letter to a Man is a theatrical work performed by Mikhail Baryshnikov, who enters the fragmented mind of the great dance artist as he descends into madness. As always in Wilson’s works movements, text, lights, set and music are equal parts of the same creation where, as he says, “all theatre is dance”.
Direction, sets, lighting design
Robert Wilson with Mikhail Baryshnikov
Based the autobiography “The Life of Vaslav Nijinsky”
Text: Christian Dumais-Lvowski
Dramatury: Darryl Pinckney
Music: Hal Willner
Costumes & Makeup: Jacques Reynaud
Collaboration movements & spoken text: Lucinda Childs
Lights: A.J. Weissbard
Décor: Annick Lavallée-Benny
Video: Tomek Jeziorski
Scenery: Thaiz Bozano
Technical Director: Reinhard Bichsel
Lighting Technician: Marcello Lumaca
Commissioned by the Spoleto Festival
BAM 2016 Next Wave Festival
Executive Producer: CRT Milano
Thanks to the Estate of Vaslav and Romola Nijinsky