Vaslav with Godfrey Johnson at The Fugard Theatre

By MapMyWay
6 November 2019

Vaslav, Godfrey Johnson, Fugard Theatre

Vaslav, the critically acclaimed theatrical tour de force, starring Godfrey Johnson and directed by Lara Bye, comes to The Fugard Studio Theatre for a limited season from 5 November.

“People thought I was mad, I just thought I was fully alive” – Vaslav Nijinksy

Godfrey Johnson, in partnership with The Fugard Theatre, presents this triple Fleur du Cap Theatre Award nominated production, which has received universal praise from audiences and critics alike since its premiere at the National Arts Festival in 2015.

  • ‘Don’t miss it, it’s a complete theatrical experience’ – Diane de Beer, The Star
  • ‘In Vaslav [Johnson] reaches new heights…dazzling…mesmerising,’- Tracey Saunders, Cape Times
  • ‘An intensely memorable, moving piece of theatre,’ -Steyn Du Toit, Sunday Independent
  • ‘the piano adding depth to the lunacy as well as showing the talents of both the dancer and the actor….. intelligent and poetic’ – Lesley Stones, Daily Maverick

Directed by Lara Bye (Oskar en die Pienk Tannie; Rainbow Scars; London Road; Yellowman) and stars Godfrey Johnson, (Die Van Aardes van Grootoor, David Kramer’s Orpheus in Africa Fifty Shades of Bambi; The Shadow of Brel), Vaslav ignites the spirit of Nijinsky in this dazzling choreography of dialogue, music and movement.

Johnson draws on the works of Stravinksy, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Debussy, Satie and his own compositions, to explore the life of Nijinsky as revolutionary dancer and mental patient, against a backdrop of the social and cultural upheavals of a world struggling with its own borders.

Vaslav Nijinsky

For many years, Nijinsky was the most admired ballet dancer in the world. Labelled ‘The God of the Dance’ by adoring critics, the star of the Ballet Russe company danced for the last time aged 28, in 1919. Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, he spent the next 30 years of his life in and out of mental institutions. Such was the impact of his short career, that his legend still captivates audiences 100 years later.

“This is a tragic and beautiful human story of an artist trying to find wholeness as he faces the onset of Schizophrenia,” says Bye. “Based on Vaslav Nijinsky’s own diaries, and the world he lived in – around the time of the First World War with its explosion of creativity, change and industrial and technological advances – Vaslav blends together an intoxicating combination of original and period music, with dance and video.”

WHAT & WHERE: Vaslav will be performed in The Fugard Studio Theatre Corner Caledon & Buitenkant Street District Six, Zonnebloem, Cape Town, 8000.

WHEN: 5 to 17 November Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm.

TICKETS: from R150 to R160 can be booked through The Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554or through The Fugard Theatre’s website 
Please note: Latecomers will not be admitted after the start of the performance. Access to The Studio Theatre is via two flights of stairs; if assistance is required kindly enquire at the box office.

Visit the cosy ground-floor bar for a pre or post-show drink as well as delicious snacks and homemade pizzas. If the weather plays along, enjoy the panoramic city views from The Fugard Theatre’s fantastic rooftop bar. There is secure parking for a small fee directly opposite The Fugard Theatre in Harrington Square.