Mikhail Baryshnikov steps into the splintering psyche of a legendary 20th-century dancer in Robert Wilson's staging of Vaslav Nijinsky’s diaries. More…
The text chronicles the onset of the iconic Russian performer’s schizophrenia in 1919, tracing the contours of his profound isolation, tormented sexuality and spirituality, and preoccupation with erstwhile lover and Ballets Russes founder Sergei Diaghilev. Hal Willner’s collage-like score weaves audio fragments of the diary with a century-spanning soundtrack of songs by Tom Waits, Arvo Pärt, Henry Mancini, and Soviet futurist composer Alexander Mosolov, as our coat-tailed subject sashays and staggers through Wilson’s saturated lightscapes.
See it if you are open to a unique theatrical experience performed by a master of the performing arts. Brilliant, disturbing and an assault on normal
Don't see it if you need coherent plot, logic and a sense of order. You must suspend normal expectations to dive into the mind of someone disturbed
See it if you like a visual masterpiece that dazzles the eye and the senses or if you need to see Mikhail Baryshnikov on stage.
Don't see it if you have no patience for repetitive dialogue and obscure imagery or want to pay way too much for only 70 minutes.
See it if All things Robert Wilson and/or M Baryshnikov intrigue you. You like avant garde stagings the farther out the better.
Don't see it if you expect real dancing from Misha. You need some cohesive meaning in your theater and not just random bits thrown against the wall.
See it if you will glory in watching Baryshnikov on stage for an hour - he is so magnetic and enthralling to watch.
Don't see it if you want a linear & coherent story. I really felt Nijinsky's madness in the lack of story & clarity.
See it if you want to see Mikhail Baryshnikov on stage - I did! He is absorbing in even the slightest movements. You are a Robert Wilson fan.
Don't see it if You don't like avant-guarde theater. It is not for the timid, easily bored or confused. Sometimes off-putting, but compellingly staged.
See it if you are a fan of Baryshnikov, Nijinsky or general dance history...are into breathtaking visuals...are a brave theatre/concert goer.
Don't see it if you know nothing about Nijinsky... requires homework...and you'll still be confused in places...If you aren't an abstract thinker, stay home
See it if you know Russian fluently, familiar with Nijinsky's life and work, captivated by Baryshnikov
Don't see it if you are looking for a clear storyline or narrative about Nijinsky and/or if you don't have patience for slow paced shows