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Reconstructing Nijinsky's 'Faune' in 1989

Henning Rübsam and Rebecca Lazier in Nijinsky's L'Après-midi d'un Faune.

 (Photo by Blanche Mackey, Martha Swope Associates, Courtesy of the Juilliard Archives)

In December 1989, the Juilliard Dance Ensemble presented Vaslav Nijinsky's L'Après-midi d'un Faune, with music by Claude Debussy. The production was the first in the United States to reconstruct Nijinsky's original choreographic score, translated into Labanotation by Ann Hutchinson Guest. Yoav Kaddar and Henning Rübsam (who were both third-years) alternated in the role of the Faune, and Rebecca Stenn and Rebecca Lazier (both fourth-years) were the Head Nymphs. Bruno Ferrandis (MM '86, Professional Studies '87, orchestral conducting; faculty 1986–92) conducted the Juilliard Orchestra. Three world premieres were also featured in the program: Genia Melikova's Interlude, Gerri Houlihan's Ancient Airs and Dances, and Doug Varone's In Middle Ground.

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