Critical Silence : The Unseemly Games of Love in Jeux (1913)

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Dance Research 27:2, Winter 2009

Title: Critical Silence : The Unseemly Games of Love in Jeux (1913)
Author: Järvinen, Hanna
Date: 2009
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Abstract: Following my article on Vaslav Nijinsky's L' Aprè s-midi d' un Faune (1912), I turn my attention to Jeux, the first of Nijinsky's two choreographies for the 1913 season of the Ballets Russes. Made to a commissioned score by Claude Debussy, Jeux (Games) dealt with the chance meeting of three sporty young people in a twilit garden or park. Based on contemporary responses and the choreographer's notations to Debussy's manuscript score, I discuss how Jeux addressed modern life and what in this disconcerted the audiences of the Ballets Russes. Although the work disappeared after only one season, I argue it brings to the fore questions of canonisity and success that are still relevant in our discourse of art, today.
Subject (ysa): Ballets Russes
Nijinsky, Vaslav
Subject (allärs): koreografi
Subject (lcsh): Dance.
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