Attending intermission chats and open rehearsals are one of the many benefits donors receive when they support performance, creation and learning across Canada through the National Arts Centre Foundation.
John Neumeier’s masterpiece Nijiinsky explores the complex, brilliant mind of the legendary Polish dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky. On January 25, NAC Foundation supporters attended an insightful pre-chat with National Ballet of Canada’s Senior Ballet Master Peter Ottmann before attending an open rehearsal.
Ottmann shed light on the production in an engaging 20-minute talk. He guided the audience through each scene, explaining how they corresponded with Nijinsky’s life. We learned that choreographer John Neumeier used his extraordinary skills to provide a survey of Nijinsky’s life, to resurrect Nijinsky’s last public dance, Wedding with God, and to convey Nijinsky’s deteriorating mental condition.
When confronted with his unusual behaviour, Nijinsky proclaimed “I’m not mad, the world is mad”. Neumeier gives contemporary audiences a riveting, compassionate look into the life of a genius—little understood, but much admired. Peter Ottmann, in turn, provided a map for NAC Foundation supporters to navigate during this astounding performance and opportunity for them to come together to share their love of performing arts.
A special thank you to our Open Rehearsal and Preview Sponsor, Rob Marland, Royal LePage Performance Realty who makes these sessions possible for NAC Foundation donors.