Powerful story of Vaslav Nijinsky comes to Sandton


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Daphne Kuhn presents Vaslav, based on The Diaries of Vaslav Nijinsky, from 14-26 February at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, starring Godfrey Johnson, directed by Lara Bye, and with text by Karen Jeynes.
VASLAV opens at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.
VASLAV opens at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square.

The Auto & General Theatre on the Square is proud to present the theatrical tour-de-force that is Godfrey Johnson in Vaslav. Harnessing the potential of three arts-in-one, Johnson ignites the spirit of Nijinsky in this celebration of the magnificent power of sheer performance.

Nominated for three Fleer 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.

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He pilots his audiences across the vast plains of a Europe at war with itself, 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

“In Vaslav [Johnson] reaches new heights… cabaret at its darkest and finest… dazzling… mesmerising,” Tracey Saunders, Cape Times

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.

The play is a choreography of dialogue, music and movement, with Johnson drawing on the works of Stravinksy, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Satie and his own compositions, weaving the magic of this world directly from the piano.

Since its debut at the Grahamstown Festival in 2014, ‘Vaslav’ has elicited powerful praise from audiences and critics alike. With invitations from producers in Sweden and Canada as well as Daphne Kuhn, Producer/Artistic Director/Owner of the Auto & General Theatre on the Square who continues with dedication to bringing Johannesburg audiences, the best in theatre.

Vaslav will run at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square from 14 February for two weeks. There will be 6 performances per week – Tuesdays to Fridays at 20:15 and two shows on Saturdays at 18:00 and 20:15. Enquire about dinner show specials and group discounts. Call the theatre on 011 883 8606 or book online: www.computicket.com or tel. the call centre: 0861 915 8000.


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