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Valencia James, Zoltán Grecsó

Valencia James, Andor Rusu


Csaba Mészáros

Sunset of the Faun

Debussy’s orchestral composition was inspired by Mallarme’s poem while Zoltan Grecsó’s choreography draws inspiration from the ballet performance of Nijinsky and the biographical and narrative parallels lying behind it. In the contemporary dance scene there were always many choreographers inspired by the Afternoon of the Faun by Debussy, but the Nijinsky biography has not been addressed in these works yet. According to the musical narrative the young Faun discovers himself and his sexuality, desires and dreams, defining himself as the king of all natures. The personality of Nijinsky however was always determined by the fact that his succes was attributed not only to his exceptional talent but also to his employer and lover, Sergei Diaghilev. As the presumable consequence of pretentiousness and repression dominating this homosexual relationship and due to his complete professional and spiritual destruction by Diaghilev after their break-up Nijinski was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. The choreography follows the wanderings of the broken mind linking the loss of identity to the story of the Faun: it blurs the state of delirious dream with the rambling flow of thought and the experience of self-definition as human and divine at the same time.