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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Tracing The Steps: Celebrating the Ballets Russes & the Nijinskys

Tracing The Steps: Celebrating the Ballets Russes & The Nijinskys

Fundraiser for Toronto’s historic, not-for-profit Revue Cinema

Fri, 17 November 2017, 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto, ON M6R 2M9

Tickets are $25 - $29;  click here  to order.  

A unique exploration of The Ballets Russes and two of its legendary dancers, Vaslav Nijinsky and his sister Bronislava, an enthralling visit to the world of the ‘dance greats’ who have imprinted their genius on our cultural history.

The Ballet Russes dance dompany revolutionized 20th-century performing arts, introduced modern dance to the world and continues to influence cultural activity today. The two Nijinsky siblings were brilliant artists central to the intriguing tale and incredible worldwide success of Ballets Russes. The evening will include:


  • Writer Eva Stachniak, author of this year's Best Seller The Chosen Maiden—inspired by Bronislava Nijinska’s unique voice--will talk about the Nijinskys and read from her novel.
  • Piotr Stanczyk, Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada, will introduce the upcoming, breath-taking production of Nijinsky, choreographed by John Neumeier.
  • Feature Film - "Ballets Russes" an acclaimed documentary about the company, featuring interviews with many of the surviving dancers. The film will be shown on gorgeous 35mm!
  • Q&A and book signing after the film.
  • Raffle prizes including tickets to the dress rehearsal of Nijinsky from The National Ballet of Canada, tickets to The Nutcracker from The Pia Bouman School, books and more.
  • Licensed event. Doors Open at 6:30pm




The mastery of the Ballets Russes came from the partnership of dance, music and visual design. The company partnered with young dancers and choreographers such as the Nijinskys, and musicians and designers including Igor Stravinsky, Claude Debussy, Vasily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Coco Chanel.

The Revue is proud to host this unique evening and artistic collaboration. It seemed fitting to trace the steps of the Ballets Russes and the Nijinskys' artistry as portrayed in the written word, dance and film.

The Book



The Chosen Maiden, which The Toronto Star calls “a tale of intrigue, love, betrayal and redemption set in the realm of art and artists, exploring the line between dedication and obsession, creation and madness” tells the story of Bronia Nijinska an extraordinary artist and a younger sister of the legendary Vaslav Nijinsky—one of the world’s greatest dancers of all times. Writer Eva Stachniak lives in Roncesvalles Village and is a master storyteller of historical fiction. Her first novel of Catherine the Great, The Winter Palace, was a #1 international bestseller.

The Dance



Piotr Stanczyk, Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada will introduce guests to Nijinsky, the ballet by John Neumeier performing at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, November 22—26, 2017.

“In addition to being one of contemporary choreography’s most important voices, John Neumeier is a world authority on the life and work of Vaslav Nijinsky. Who better, then, to create a work that delves into the mind and spirit of one of ballet’s—and, indeed, modern culture’s—most legendarily complex figures? Renowned for his unforgettable stage presence, his astonishing technique and his groundbreaking approach to choreographic expression, Nijinsky shattered for all time not just the prevailing notions and expectations of the male dancer, but the limitations that convention had imposed on the range of dramatic possibilities in dance itself.” National Ballet of Canada

The Film



Ballets Russes (2005) presented on 35mm.

The film is an intimate portrait of a group of pioneering artists -- now in their 70s, 80s and 90s -- who gave birth to modern ballet. 'Ballets Russes' begins with the company's Diaghilev eras -- when artists such as Nijinska, Balanchine, Picasso, Miro, Matisse and Stravinsky united in an unparalleled collaboration. The film then explores the company's halcyon days of the 1930s and '40s, when the Ballets Russes split into two rival groups and  toured America and the world, astonishing audiences schooled in vaudeville with artistry never before seen, The company's demise came in 1950s and '60s when rising costs, rocketing egos, outside competition and internal mismanagement ultimately brought the revered Ballets Russes to its knees.

“Enchanting, edifying and exhilarating.” Andrew Sarris

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