n°128/ Original Voguing

July 2014


When Nijinsky choreographed his Afternoon of a Faun in 1912, he got inspired by the way Ancient Greeks appeared on vases, and rejected the academic classical tradition. But the public got shocked, let alone his effeminate and lascivious movements. More than 50 years later, some new modern house dance sprouted from the Harlem ballroom scene and gained mainstream exposure with 1990 Madonna's song and video "Vogue" called after the model-like angular poses featured by the famous magazine's fashion models. If only Nijinsky knew  his scandalous dance would influence in the long term the ballroom gay scene and, through it, female iconic dancers such as Madonna or Beyonce Knowles...


 Vaslav Nijinsky