Born in Kiev 115 years ago, Vaslav Nijinsky would become one of the premier ballet dancers of the 20th century, despite the fact that after age 28 his professional career ended, and he spend most of the remaining 30 years of his life in treatment for schizophrenia. On this site, developed by the New York Public Library, visitors can learn about Njinsky's prolific career in ballet through the early 20th century, largely through sections dedicated to his work with the Ballets Russes and another area that recalls his work as a choreographer of pieces such as Le Sacre du Printemps. The site also includes a section devoted to his well-received tour through America in 1916 and 1917, which includes images of souvenir programs from various performances. Finally, the site also contains the full version of Edwin Denby's celebrated 1943 essay Notes of Nijinsky Photographs, which explores the very nature of his innovations in modern art through a detailed consideration of photographs of this master at work.
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