Nijinsky (Profile Books), by Lucy Moore
Western civilization felt exhausted in the years before World
War I; Russian culture was welcomed as a source of new color, texture and
rhythm. Nowhere was Russian influence felt as strikingly as in ballet and no
one was a brighter star in the Ballets Russes than Vaslav Nijinsky. Lucy
Moore’s biography (out now in paperback) is immensely enjoyable to read, well crafted
from research that follows the dancer’s story through his impoverished origins
through the dazzling heights he achieved before the madness of his final years.
Even before he danced at the premiere of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913), Nijinsky had surpassed the necessity of
skill and arrived at something like ecstasy.