Jeux (Games) is the last work for orchestra written by Claude Debussy. It was composed for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes with Vaslav Nijinsky’s choreography. Jeux was was not a success when premiered in 1913, but this was nothing compared to the reception Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring received just two weeks later!
Herbert Ross’ 1980 biopic Nijinsky recreated several of his ballets, including Jeux which, as pictured above, featured Carla Fracci (left), the Royal Ballet’s Genesia Rosato, and George de la Peña as Nijinsky.
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.