Eppur si muove

Carteles, críticas, programas, fotografías, retratos… pero hasta ahora no les habíamos visto bailar. Pura cabezonería, la de Diaghilev, que supongo que pensaría que ninguna filmación podía hacer justicia al despliegue de talento que él mismo provocaba cada noche sobre el escenario e impedía a sus bailarines, por contrato, que fueran grabados en movimiento.

Llevo muchos años soñando con Nijinsky. Cómo se movería. Hay algo en este bailarín que me ha fascinado siempre, desde niña… y esta especie de obsesión crece con los años. Qué simpleza, la verdad, porque podríamos hacernos una idea aproximada. Sabemos que venía de la Escuela Imperial Rusa, ¿no? Pues ya está. Eso marca.

Jane Pritchard, la cabeza pensante y dancística del Victoria & Albert Museum, encontró e identificó hace algún tiempo la única grabación que existe de Les Ballets Russes. No es Nijinsky, sino Serge Lifar, por lo visto, el que baila en Les Sylphides; pero entre eso y la magia de la maravillosa exposición del CaixaForum de Barcelona, nos parece que Vaslav podría aparecer tímidamente en un rincón, con su mirada entre pícara e inocente.

Me encantó ver la casaca que vestía Nijinsky en Giselle y me estremeció la fotografía de su boda letal con Romola de Pulszky. Porque no pude identificar cuándo Vaslav vivía y cuándo simplemente actuaba. Cosas de Diaghilev.

Posters, reviews, programs, photographs, portraits… but we hadn’t seen them dance until now. Diaghilev was so stubborn -I guess- that he thought no film could show the display of talent that he provoked every night on stage, and he even prohibited his dancers, by contract, to be recorded while dancing.

I have spent many years dreaming about Nijinsky. About the way he would move. There’s something about this dancer that has always fascinated me, since childhood … and this kind of obsession is still developing through the years. It’s so silly, I know, because we could get a rough idea of his dancing. We know that he was a student of the Russian Imperial School, right? That’s it. That’s enough.

Jane Pritchard, thinking and dancing head of the Victoria & Albert Museum, found and identified some time ago the only recording from Le Ballets Russes. It’s not Nijinsky, but Serge Lifar, who, apparently, is dancing in this recording of Les Sylphides, but with that film plus the magic of the beautiful exhibition at the CaixaForum in Barcelona, it seems that Vaslav could appear shyly in a corner, with his playful and innocent gaze.

I loved to see the jacket he wore in Giselle and I was shocked with the photograph of the lethal wedding between Nijinsky and Romola de Pulszky. Because I could not identify when Vaslav was living and when he was just acting. Diaghilev’s stuff.

* Photo Les Ballets Russes at the CaixaForum © Elna Matamoros, 2011.

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