Nijinsky and wife reunited in Paris cemetery

21st January 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 20 (AFP) - Twenty-six years after her death the body of the wife of legendary Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was on Thursday laid to rest beside her husband's in Paris' Montmartre cemetery, bringing an end to a long legal battle.

PARIS, Jan 20 (AFP) - Twenty-six years after her death the body of the wife of legendary Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was on Thursday laid to rest beside her husband's in Paris' Montmartre cemetery, bringing an end to a long legal battle.

When she died in poverty in 1978, Romola Nikinskaya's desire to be buried next to Nijinsky was foiled because his grave-plot was owned by another star dancer - Serge Lifar - who refused to grant permission. Instead she was buried a few metres away.

Lifar's widow - a Swedish countess living in Switzerland - finally agreed a year ago for the plot to be shared with Romola, and she was reinterred in a private ceremony.

Nijinski, who leapt to fame with the Ballets Russes before World War One, married Romola in 1913 and died in London in 1950. His ashes were brought to Paris at Lifar's bidding three years later.

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