The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance

The Great Nijinsky: God of Dance

  • 1999

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By Lynn Curlee

A sensation, an artist, a mad genius.

With one grand leap off the stage at the 1909 premiere of the Ballets Russes's inaugural season, Vaslav Nijinsky became a sensation and the century's first superstar. Perhaps the greatest dancer of the twentieth century, Nijinsky captured audiences with his sheer animal magnetism and incredible skill. 

Nijinsky was a dance prodigy, sex symbol, gay pioneer, and cultural icon. His star climbed high before mental illness stole his career and the last thirty years of his life. This compelling biography chronicles a life of obsessive artistry, celebrity, and notoriety.

Included are spotlights on the ballets the dancer popularized: classic masterworks such as Afternoon of a Faun, The Firebird, and of course, the shockingly original Rite of Spring, which caused the audience to riot at its premiere. Illustrated with elegant, intimate portraits as well as archival art and photographs. 

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Lynn Curlee, author and illustrator

Lynn Curlee has a master's degree in art history and has both written and illustrated more than a dozen books for children, including Trains, Skyscraper, Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields, and Capital with Atheneum. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York City, and Long Island. 

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-800-3

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Ages: 10+
Page count: 128
71/2 x 10 

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