La Nijinska: Choreographer of the Modern
The National Arts Club
Overshadowed in life and legend by her brother Vaslav Nijinsky, Bronislava Nijinska had a far longer and more productive career. An architect of twentieth-century neoclassicism, she experienced the transformative power of the Russian Revolution and created her greatest works under the influence of its avant-garde. Many of her ballets rested on the probing of gender boundaries, a mistrust of conventional gender roles, and a heightening of female virtuosity. Nijinska’s life sheds new light on ballet history, recuperating the memory of lost works and forgotten artists, many of them women. Author Lynn Garafola and Professor Elizabeth Kendall will explore the bold singularity of Nijinska’s artistry, the forces marshaled against her, and the turbulent times surrounding her.