Dance, Dance Revolution
Ballet buffs will recognize the name Vaslav Nijinsky, the Russian dancer and choreographer widely considered to be one of the greatest of the 20th century, but this historical read by Eva Stachniak pivots its perspective to his younger sister, Bronia. While her brother’s fame affords her opportunities, it also overshadows her own talent. Bronia is faced with difficult choices: dance in traditional or avant-garde ballet? Stay in or flee revolutionary Russia? Stachniak tells a captivating decades-spanning tale that raises poignant questions about physical, mental and artistic barriers. — Sarah Dziedzic The Chosen Maiden (Doubleday Canada) by Eva Stachniak, $24.