Ken Lipinsky and Godfrey Johnson in partnership with The Fugard Theatre present the much-anticipated return of the theatrical tour-de-force, Vaslav, to Cape Town audiences. Vaslav has had critics and audiences riveted since it premiered in 2015. Godfrey Johnson, as the titular Vaslav Nijinsky, fills the stage with a breathtaking cast of supporting characters, whilst performing the magnificent soundtrack from the piano. Take a journey into the mind and world of the iconic dancer; not to be missed by lovers of theatre, dance, music and the artistic revolution of the 20th century.
Nominated for three Fleur du Cap Awards in 2015, Vaslav has been hailed by critics and audiences alike, with demand for this one-person play extending theatrical runs on more than one occasion. Award winning actor, singer and pianist, Godfrey Johnson delivers an astonishing performance, seamlessly piloting his audiences across the vast plains of a Europe at war with itself, as experienced by the one man to have ever caused a riot through dancing: the elusive icon of both the Imperial Russian ballet and the Western avant-garde, Vaslav Nijinsky.
Seen as both genius and curiosity, Vaslav Nijinsky remains an intriguing figure today, with numerous biopics and biographies shedding light on this revolutionary of the dance. Powerful in this respect alone, Nijinsky’s inner world could be as disruptive and spectacular as his animalistic choreography suggests. “Gigantic leaps across the stage, he flew, so to speak, to the skies…” gasped Marcel Proust. “Can life be so rich, so splendid, so passionate”, said a haunted Jean Cocteau
A unique integration of cabaret, one-person show and classical theatre, Vaslav is the creation of Godfrey Johnson and Lara Bye, based on a text written by the pair, and writer Karen Jeynes. The power of this play makes the highest demands of its performer, and has earned Johnson nominations at the Fleur du Cap Awards across three, diverse categories: Best Actor in a Musical; Best Performance in a One Person Show; and, Best Composer.
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