Vaslav Nijinsky

Vaslav Nijinsky

Throughout the history of Ballet, there have been a large number of amazing ballet dancers that have made a dent in its history; Vaslav Nijinsky is definitely one of them.

He was born in the city of Kiev on February 28, 1890 and is considered one of the most revolutionary dancers in the world of classical dance, perhaps, the best dancer of the twentieth century.

His father was Tomás Laurentiyevich Nijinsky, who belonged to a Polish dancer family, (particularly famous for his virtuosity and enormous leaps); his mother was Eleanora Bereda, the daughter of a wealthy man who committed suicide losing his fortune in a betting game.

Nijinsky's childhood was mostly spent in the Caucasus, where he danced with Bronislawa and Stanislav, his sister and brother respectively. In 1898, when Vaslav was eight, he entered the imperial School of Dance in Russia where he met the most important teachers of the time. During that period, Vaslav appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre, where he was part of the corps de ballet.

Nijinsky's first appearance was in the ballet "La source" sharing the leading role with Julia Sedova, a Russian dancer. In this ballet, Nijinsky also shared the stage with renowned dancers like Anna Pavlova, Tamara Platonovna Karsavina and Mathilde Kschessinska. From then on, Vaslav Nijinsky was recognized as one of the most talented dancers, appearing in the leading roles of famous works like Giselle, Swam Lake, Chopiniana and the Sleeping beauty.

Vaslav Nijinsky married Romola de Pulszky, in Argentina on September 10, 1913 and continued dancing for a few more years. He decided to retire from the stages at the age of 29 in 1919. He died in London in 1950 and today is buried in the cemetery of Montmartre in Paris.