Léonide Massine

Ballet Dancer
Born Aug 9, 1896

Leonid Fyodorovich Myasin, better known in the West by the French transliteration as Léonide Massine, was a Russian choreographer and ballet dancer.

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1896 Birth Born on August 9, 1896.


1915 18 Years Old 1 More Event
Léonide Massine was born in Moscow and was a ballet student at the Imperial Theater School in that city. From 1915 to 1921 he was the principal choreographer of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.


1917 20 Years Old In 1917, Massine collaborated with composer, Erik Satie and artist Pablo Picasso to create the ballet, Parade. … Read More


1929 32 Years Old After the death of Diaghilev in 1929 and the disbanding of his company, Massine became the choreographer and male lead dancer of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, a dance company that succeeded the original Ballets Russes.
1933 36 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1933, Massine created the world's first symphonic ballet, Les Présages, using Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. … Read More
1936 39 Years Old He also choreographed a ballet to Hector Berlioz's 1830 Symphonie Fantastique and danced the role of The Young Musician with Tamara Toumanova as The Beloved at its premiere at Covent Garden, London, on 24 July 1936 with Colonel Wassily de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.


1937 40 Years Old Leaving Col. de Basil's company, in 1937 Massine and René Blum (himself a former associate of de Basil's) acquired financing from Julius Fleischmann, Jr.'s World Art, Inc. to create a new ballet company, with Massine as the resident choreographer. … Read More
1938 41 Years Old The new Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo debuted in 1938; Massine produced Seventh Symphony, to Beethoven's score. … Read More
1943 46 Years Old Massine left Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1943. … Read More


1947 50 Years Old He choreographed and danced in the 1947 20th Century Fox color film Carnival In Costa Rica, and also choreographed and appeared as Punchinello in the film Carosello Napoletano. … Read More


1968 71 Years Old He and Orlova divorced in 1968.
1979 83 Years Old He subsequently married Hannelore Holtwick, with whom he had two sons, Peter and Theodor, and made his home in Borken, West Germany, where he died on 15 March 1979. … Read More
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