Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams


Sławek Krawczyński / Tomasz Wygoda / Anna Godowska 


New staging of groundbreaking in the history of music and theatre Igor Stravinsky's ‘The Rite of Spring’. Solo performance as a trip into the depths of Vaslav Nijinsky's unconsciousness – recognised as a scandalous and legendary precursor of modern dance. A story about longing for the innocence when the heart was at the centre of thought. It is also a desire to turn back to the times in which community established its identity through the simple act of ritual dance and where relation with God was as direct and natural as the one between men.

We started our work from the "Diary", which seemed to us a book of dreams, dreamed awake and frantically saved. And so we find ourselves in a world that is constantly teetering between ecstasy and nothingness, torn by contradictions.  It is quite amazing that a piece that particularly accurately and deeply relate to this situation, is the "Rite of Spring" by Igor Stravinsky - the ballet, to which the first choreography was created by Nijinsky.  This work, giving us a picture of the volcanic forces that are fighting for their formation in the world, puts us almost directly to the reality which was Nijinsky’s  an everyday experience.  Psychiatric diagnosis should not obscure the nature of these experiences. They are a mysterious process that even today brings us a message. In his ballets and in his "Diary" - consciously or unconsciously - Nijinsky posed questions about the nature of our existence. / Slawek Krawczyński


During the Polish Dance Platform 2014 in Lublin Nijinsky. The Rite of Dreams was awarded  two of the three Special Awards of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland:

for the best production (performance): Sławomir Krawczyński, Tomasz Wygoda, Anna Godowska
- for the best performer: Tomasz Wygoda


Concept, libretto, direction,  lights: Slawek Krawczyński

Dance: Tomasz Wygoda

Choreography: Anna Godowska, Tomasz Wygoda / process work Slawek Krawczyński

The play uses remixed fragments of Niżyński's ballet choreogrphy for “L'apres midi d'un Faun" and ‘The Rite of Spring’.

Music: Igor Strawiński's ‘The Rite of Spring’ , played by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein, 1958

Costume concept: Sławomir Krawczyński, Tomasz Wygoda

Relevance consultation: Jadwiga Majewska

Technical implementation: Łukasz Kędzierski

Graphic design: Marta Bystroń

Production: Art Stations Foundation by Grażyna Kulczyk

Premiere: 1st September 2013, Stary Browar, Poznań


The spectacle was presented at many festivals in Poland and abroad, as, inter alia Malta Festival, Poznan, Body/Mind Festival, Warsaw, Kroki Festival Cracow, New Baltic Dance Festival, Vilnius, Dance Week Zagreb, Polish Contemporary Dance Festival in Bucharest, 3rd Anniversary Skorohod Skt. Petersburg, Norma Festival Ostrava, Plastforma Festival, Minsk, Zelyonka Festival Kiyew, Polish Dance and Theatre Week San Sebastian.


Special thanks to the Polish National Opera  and Polish National Ballet in Warsaw.

Special thanks to Ashtanga Yoga Studio and Margarita Simonowa.


The premiere was produced within the frame of "What's with the Dance?" project co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.