The Great Nijinsky, God of Dance - Book Launch & Signing

Nijinsky posed in a ballet costume on the cover of The Great Nijinsky

Date: April 12, 2019

Time: 3-4:00 p.m.

Location: Slater Memorial Museum

The Slater Memorial Museum is pleased to host a book launch and signing with author/illustrator Lynn Curlee to celebrate the release of his illustrated biography for Young Adults, The Great Nijinksy - God of Dance

About the Book

With one grand leap off the stage at the 1909 premiere of the Ballets Russes's inaugural season, Vaslav Nijinsky became a sensation and the country's first superstar. Perhaps the greatest dancer of the 20th century, Nijinsky captured audiences with his sheer animal magnetism and incredible skill. 

Nijinsky was a dance prodigy, sex symbol, gay pioneer, and cultural icon. His star climbed high before mental illness stole his career and the last thirty years of his life. This compelling biography chronicles a life of obsessive artistry, celebrity, and notoriety.

Included are spotlights on the ballets the dancer popularized: classic masterworks such as Afternoon of a Faun, The Firebird, and of course, the shockingly original Rite of Spring, which caused the audience to riot at its premiere. Illustrated with elegant, intimate portraits as well as archival art and photographs. 

About the Author

Lynn Curlee has a master's degree in art history and has both written and illustrated more than a dozen books for children, including Trains, Skyscraper, Ballpark: The Story of America's Baseball Fields, and Capital. His work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York City, and Long Island. 

(Courtesy of Charlesbridge)