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Lead book review

The lonely genius of Bronislava Nijinska

Bronislava Nijinska was constantly undermined in her lifetime – most cruelly by her brother, says Sarah Crompton

28 May 2022

9:00 AM

28 May 2022

9:00 AM

La Nijinska: Choreographer of the Modern Lynn Garafola

OUP USA, pp.512, 30

Even in her lifetime, people had a habit of overlooking the talent of Bronislava Nijinska. Her famous brother Vaslav Nijinsky initially refused to recommend her to his lover Sergei Diaghilev when the impresario was signing up dancers for the 1909 Paris season of Ballets Russes. He didn’t introduce her to his friends, either and – in what can only be seen as an act of cruelty – took away her roles in the ballets she had helped him create.

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