Vaslav Nijinsky

Quick Facts

Full NameVaslav or Vatslav Nijinsky
Birth12 March 1889/1890
Place of BirthKiev, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine)
Death8 April 1950
Place of DeathLondon, England
OccupationBallet dancer, choreographer
Years Active1908–1917
SpouseRomola de Pulszky
Notable AchievementsRegarded as the greatest male dancer of the early 20th century
Celebrated for his virtuosity and intense characterizations
Could dance en pointe, a rare skill among male dancers at the time
Career HighlightsJoined the Ballets Russes in 1909, becoming the company’s star male dancer
Choreographed groundbreaking ballets including L’après-midi d’un faune and Le Sacre du Printemps
MarriageMarried Hungarian Romola de Pulszky in 1913 while on tour with the company
Mental HealthDiagnosed with schizophrenia in 1919, leading to his institutionalization
LegacyNever danced in public again after 1917 due to mental instability

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