THE NIGHT NIJINSKY UPSTAGED THE TITANIC
Exactly 100 years ago, on May 29th, 1912, with the sinking of the great liner still fresh in the public's mind, Vaslav Nijinsky made his debut as a choreographer — with a staging that was as unimaginably shocking as the Titanic tragedy.
Already acclaimed as the world's greatest dancer, Nijinsky choreographed Claude Debussy's "L'apres-midi d'un Faune" (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Fawn) for the Ballet Russes. A standing-room-only audience was crowded into the Théatre du Chatelet for the premiere.
Nijinsky himself danced the title role as the lustful faun trying in vain to seduce a group of nymphs.
Almost immediately after the curtain went up, gasps were heard in the audience. Nobody had ever seen ANYTHING like this on stage and most people could not recognize it as "dance" at all. They were accustomed to pretty ballerinas in tutus and agile men on pointed toe.
Nobody was prepared for THIS — an Art Nouveau frieze of two-dimensional Minoan Knossos mural characters that come alive and "walk like Egyptians."
And nobody certainly was prepared for his ad-lib pelvic humping. This impromptu "onanistic climax" at the end of the piece caused men to boo and ladies to swoon.
Asked why he had rutted a scarf on stage, he answered, "It wasn't I ... it was the faun!"
The Titanic sank in April 1912, ending the "Gilded Age," and Nijinsky wanked on stage in May 1912, totally transforming the Arts. The stage was set (literally) for the Great War and total transformation of global political, economic and cultural structures.
The world would never be the same ...
We consecrate Vaslav Nijinsky as a Saint of Antinous and as a living incarnation of Antinous/Pan/Dionysus. St. Vaslav Nijinsky knew how to live Homotheosis every day of his life — which means living daily the Divine Spirit of Being Gay — and he knew how to express this ineffable spirit through dance as well.