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Léonide Massine (1896–1979)

Leonide Massine, dancer and choreographer was born in Moscow in 1895 the son of a soprano & a musician from the Bolshoi Theatre chorus. He studied acting & dance from the age of 8 at Moscow's Imperial Theatre School. He was 19 when he was spotted by Diaghilev and recruited as the principal dancer in the Ballets Russes to replace the recently ... See full bio »

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Known For

The Red Shoes
The Red Shoes Ljubov
Neapolitan Carousel
Neapolitan Carousel Antonio 'Pulcinella' Petito
The Tales of Hoffmann
The Tales of Hoffmann Spalanzani / Schlemil / Franz
The Gay Parisian
The Gay Parisian The Peruvian


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 1961 Laudes Evangelii (TV Movie)
 1959 Honeymoon
The Spectre in 'El Amor Brujo' (as Leonide Massine)
 1954 Neapolitan Carousel
Antonio 'Pulcinella' Petito
 1953 Aida
 1948 The Red Shoes
Ljubov (as Leonide Massine)
 1947 Carnival in Costa Rica
Roberto (uncredited)
 1942 Spanish Fiesta (Short)
Jealous Suitor
 1941 The Gay Parisian (Short)
The Peruvian (as Leonide Massine)
 1932 The Blue Danube
Dancer (as Masine & Nikitina)
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 2005 Picasso and Dance (TV Movie) (choreographer: "Le Tricorne")
 1961 Laudes Evangelii (TV Movie) (choreography)
 1959 Honeymoon (choreographer: ballet "The Lovers of Teruel" - as Leonide Massine)
 1956 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (choreographer)
 1954 Neapolitan Carousel (choreographer)
 1948 The Red Shoes ((the part of the Shoemaker created and danced by - as Leonide Massine)
 1947 Carnival in Costa Rica (choreographer)
 1942 Spanish Fiesta (Short) (choreographer)
 1941 The Gay Parisian (Short) (choreographer - as Leonide Massine)
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 2009 For Art's Sake: The Story of Ballets Russes (TV Movie documentary)
Himself - Choreographer and Dancer: Ballets Russes

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He acted in, danced in, and choreographed Karl Vollmoeller's play, "The Miracle," at the Lyceum Theatre in London, England with Tilly Losch, Glen Byam Shaw, Lyn Harding, and Diana Manners in the cast. Max Reinhardt was director. Engelbert Humperdinck composed music. Professor Oskar Strnad was art director. Oliver Messel was ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Leonide Massine | Masine & Nikitina

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He was once considered the greatest choreographer of the 20th century. His fame was eventually eclipsed in the United States by that of George Balanchine. Some of Massine's best work, however, has lately enjoyed a revival; recently, the Paris Ballet staged a production of Manuel de Falla's "The Three-Cornered Hat (El Sombrero de Tres Picos)", with Massine's original 1919 choreography and Pablo ... See more »

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