Serge Lifar

Ballet Dancer and Choreographer
Born Apr 2, 1905
Died Dec 15, 1986
Other Names Serguei Mikailovi...

Serge Lifar was a French ballet dancer and choreographer of Ukrainian origin, famous as one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the 20th century.

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1905 Birth Lifar was born in Kiev, Russian Empire. His year of birth is officially shown as 1904 (as on a 2004 Ukrainian stamp commemorating his centenary), but there is good reason to believe it occurred in 1905.


1921 16 Years Old He was the pupil of Bronislava Nijinska in Kiev. In 1921 he left Soviet Union and was noticed by Serge Diaghilev who sent him to Turin in order to improve his technique with Enrico Cecchetti.
1923 18 Years Old He made his debut at the Ballets Russes in 1923 where he quickly became a principal dancer.


1929 24 Years Old He played the lead roles in the ballets of George Balanchine and at the death of Diaghilev in 1929 he entered the Paris Opera Ballet and created his first ballet.
1930 25 Years Old From 1930 on, Serge Lifar was immensely successful, essentially in his own ballet creations, notably with Les Créatures de Prométhée (1929), a personal version of Le Spectre de la rose (1931) and L'Après-midi d'un faune (1935), Icare (1935) with costumes and decor by Picasso, Istar (1941) or Suite en Blanc (1943), which he qualified as neoclassical, all created for the Paris Opera. … Read More


1986 81 Years Old He died in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1986, aged 81. … Read More
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