Inspiration: Vaslav Nijinksy’s ‘Afternoon of a Faun,’ 1912; Israeli dancer: David Ben Shimon.
David Ben Shimon, 28, of the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, impersonates Vaslav Nijinsky in “Afternoon of a Faun,” the work he created for the legendary Ballets Russes. In this piece, in which the dancers move in minimalistic fashion, without leaps, leg lifts or pirouettes, Nijinsky emulated the poses of figures in Greek bas-reliefs. In so doing, he contradicted the basic relationship between...
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