Nijinsky

The Nijinsky case is being filled today. This includes both costumes we know he danced in and two mysteries – perhaps they will be solved by visitors. We have two versions of the costume for the Prince in Le Festin  - why? The first was made in Russiaand is very worn – how did Nijinsky leap so impressively high in such a heavy tunic? The second hardly worn at all appears to have been shortened for a second Polish dancer, Stanislas Idzikowski – but by the time Idzi danced what had become The Enchanted Princess the costume, apart from the headdress was quite different. All theories welcome.

Our Blue God costume is also a puzzle – its not the one Nijinsky is photographed in – but nor is it the one Mikhail Fokine was photographed in. The other version of the ‘Nijinsky’ costume is in Australia. Oh and it does not match the costume for the Swedish dancer, Jean Borlin, when he danced a version of Nijinsky’s solo.

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