Léonide Massine (1896–1979)

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


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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 (uncredited)
 1951 The Tales of Hoffmann
Spalanzani / Schlemil / Franz
 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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He performed in the ballet, "Petrouchka," in the Diaghliev's Ballets Russes production at the Century Theatre in New York City with Lydia Lopokova and Adolph Bolm in the cast. Igor Stravinsky was composer. Igor Stravinsky and Alexandre Benois wrote the book. Michel Fokine was choreographer. 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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