Nijinsky’s Tomb

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In Montmartre Cemetery, one can find fantastic works of art. The tomb of Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky (1890-1950)is so beautiful that I found it hard to leave. I kept looking and looking until I forgot where I was.

It is a perfect stage. Sculptor Serge Lifar sculpted Nijinsky as “Petrushka,” the lovesick puppet in Igor Stravinsky’s ballet. The sculpture is so vivid, as if frozen in lovesickness.

In the story, Petrushka is killed by another puppet, but the Petrushka in Montmartre is eternal. Nijinsky suffered from schizophrenia during his lifetime, but here, his eyes are forever bright.

Cemetery is a border of two worlds and a gateway to eternity. It is a place for reflection, meditation, and appreciation.

 

 

 

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