Iconic director and legendary artistic performer have joined artistic forces to create a new performance work “Letter to a Man”. However this will be first time when show of the world-famous director will be available for viewers in Latvia.
“Letter to a Man” is based on famous diaries of Russian dancer and choreographer Vaclav Nijinsky, adapted by Darryl Pinckney.
Nijinsky (1889-1950), while in his prime, was recognized as the most celebrated male dancer in the Western world, performing with Sergei Diaghilev’s renowned Ballets Russes. Then, in his twenties, Nijinsky began to go insane. His diaries, written from January 19 to March 4, 1919, documented the young man’s descent into madness.
“This is staging is not about Nijinsky, per se. It is about a troubled man and his relationship with his art, with God, with family, with moral issues. We have avoided recreating anything. It is a strange parallel story about the voice of this person, not his physicality,” said Baryshnikov in an interview with The Guardian.