"They Never Dance": The Choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps, 1913
"They Never Dance": The Choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps, 1913

Author(s): Hanna Järvinen
Subject(s): Philosophy
Published by: Ośrodek Badań Filozoficznych
Keywords: Le Sacre du Printemps; Nijinsky; Stravinsky; choreography; dance

Summary/Abstract: In this text, I discuss Vaslav Nijinsky's choreography of Le Sacre du Printemps (henceforth Sacre) as it appears in the light of primary source materials from 1913. By focusing on the unique challenges Nijinsky posed to his dancers in terms of movement style and composition, I contest many of the frequentlyheard claims made about this work, particularly its danced component, and argue that Nijinsky's choreographic ideas challenged both dancers and critics by questioning the ontological qualities of (art) dance in contemporary discourse.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 68-108
  • Page Count: 41
  • Language: English