Silver gelatin photograph from the series ‘Nijinsky and the Ecstasy of the Divine’, a collaboration with dancer Aleix Martinez in 2014. The photographs were made in Hamburg Germany.
This photograph is one of three in the series inspired by one of the ballets for which Nijinsky is most famous as both choreographer and dancer, L’après-midi d’un faune. Set to the music of Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune it was the first ballet Nijinsky choreographed. The ballet premiered in Paris on 29 May 1912 at the Théâtre du Châteletand, creating a scandal, as the erotic overtones of Nijinsky's performance as the faun itself and the radical choreography shocked the audience. His famous and controversial choreography was meant to be ‘an evocation of archaic Greece’ (ancient Greek vases with figurines in profile reveal a sense of the choreography).This particular image is a very specific reflection of that 2-D vase relief choreographical reference. The double exposure reflects the animal nature within the character.
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