Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart © Regina Brocke
Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. NIJINSKI
Rosario Guerra, Luke Prunty


In Berlin moved by Mercedes-Benz Bank

Ballet by Marco Goecke
Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart

Choreography Marco Goecke
Music Frédéric Chopin and others
Set and costume design Michaela Springer
Lighting design Udo Haberland
Dramaturge Esther Dreesen-Schaback
Assistant to the choreographer Fabio Palombo
Production management Alexandra Brenk
Artistic coordination set & costumes Gudrun Schretzmeier

Dancers Sandra Bourdais, Nora Brown, Francesca Ciaffoni, Anneleen Dedroog, Jonathan dos Santos, Maurus Gauthier, Rosario Guerra, Anna Süheyla Harms, Alessandra La Bella, Réginald Lefebvre, Alessio Marchini, Barbara Melo Freire, Garazi Perez Oloriz, Luke Prunty, David Rodríguez, Theophilus Vesely

The full-length ballet by Marco Goecke deals with the dancer and choreographer Vaslav Nijinski. It touches on significant stages of his life on and off the stage showing how closely art and madness are related.

Nijinski was one of the most extraordinary artists of the last century and made dance history with parts like the clown in Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrushka”, the Ghost of the Rose in “Le Spectre de la rose” and the Golden Slave in “Sheherazade”. It is on the strength of his pioneering choreographies, though, that he set new artistic standards. The Paris première of Nijnski’s “Le Sacre du printemps” in 1913 created what is still considered one of the greatest scandals known in the history of theatre. The undisguised eroticism of his ballet “L’Après-midi d’un faune” based on Claude Debussy caused scarcely less offence. Nijinski’s career is closely linked with the path towards madness. He was fighting schizophrenia and had to gradually withdraw from public life. Nijinksi lived through both world wars and, as patient in a psychiatric hospital, he narrowly escaped death by the NS euthanasia programme, together with his wife Romola.

Typically for Goecke, his piece moves beyond biographical aspects addressing fundamental issues. “NIJINSKI” will reflect on the magic and the value of art – and the high price it exacts from all creative minds. The team includes partners who have collaborated many times with Marco Goecke: the set and costume designer Michaela Springer, the lighting designer Udo Haberland and the dramaturge Esther Dreesen-Schaback.


Organizer Theater Strahl


A Theaterhaus Stuttgart production in cooperation with Schauburg München

A warm thank you to our premium partner ElringKlinger AG, our sponsor Fashion- und Lifestylehaus Breuninger in Stuttgart as well as to our supporters The First Friends und Friends of Gauthier Dance, Eurowings GmbH, the John Cranko Society and the Foundation Herbert Metzger and Anneliese Metzger-Nord.

Theaterhaus Stuttgart is sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Bank, the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg and the City of Stuttgart.

Duration 1h, 20, no interval

Premiere: 17.06.2016, Theaterhaus Stuttgart

FRI 26.01.2018, following the performance, Upper Foyer
Public discussion with Dr Dorion Weickmann (magazine “tanz”) and Eric Gauthier (Artistic Director of Gauthier Dance//Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart)

Tickets & Dates



Haus der Berliner Festspiele


€ 15 - 48


  • Thu 25 Jan 2018, 20:00 - 21:20
  • Fri 26 Jan 2018, 20:00 - 21:20
  • Sat 27 Jan 2018, 20:00 - 21:20