|Leonide Massine was one of the most talented choreographers of all time. While he is most well-known for his story ballets, his symphonic ballets brought forth the neo-classical style a decade before Balanchine. In his early years, he was the star of the Ballets Russes which often toured the U.S. In the Boston Sunday Herald dated January 28, 1916, the critic proclaimed that "To Leonide Massine, one of the younger men of the troupe, will fall most of the parts that had been allotted to Nijinsky. Massine is young, slender, graceful, and skilled. All the tricks and feats of his art seem very simple when done by him, for his ease is such that one fails to see any difficulty in anything he does." Massine also choreographed 17 ballets for Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. His Rite fo Spring was restaged in 1930 with Martha Graham in the lead role. He created the choreography for nine films including the immortal Red Shoes with Moira Shearer, Contes d'Hoffman, and Carousel Fantasque. He developed a system of dance notation and wrote two books: My Life in Ballet and Massine on Chreography. In November 2002, he was posthumously inducted into the National Museum of Dance's Hall of Fame.|
|LEONIDE MASSINE'S BALLETS
The Picasso Ballets: Pulcinella, Parade, Mercure, Tricorne
The Symphonic Ballets: Les Presages, Choreartium, Symphonie Fantasque
Humorous Ballets: Gaite Parisienne, La Boutique Fantasque, Le Beau Danube
Character Ballet: The Rite of Spring
Sacred Mystery Ballets: Laudis Evangelii and the Stravinsky masterwork Chant du Rossignol (Depero/Anderson)
|Massine returns to Moscow!
On 14 April 2005, Les Presages, Gaite Parisienne, and Tricorne
entered the repertoire of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow.
|For staging information,
contact Lorca Massine