March 21, 2022
3:00pm EDT

Lynn Garafola spotlights Bronislava Nijinska’s most important works and reflects on the impact of gender on her career and legacy.


Launched on the international stage by Serge Diaghilev and his Ballets Russes, Bronislava Nijinska – best known as the sister of the celebrated Vaslav Nijinsky – was widely regarded as belonging to international modernism’s choreographic elite. She was also a woman, and this had a profound influence on the development of her career and the fate of her ballets. This talk, which includes slides and video excerpts of her choreography, spotlights Nijinska’s most important works and examines why so many of her ballets have disappeared, and reflects on the impact of gender on her career and legacy – evident in the roles she crafted, the sexism she experienced, and the guilt she felt at pursuing a career while being a mother and family breadwinner.

This is a virtual event. A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

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