Léonide Massine

Léonide Massine
Massine, Leonide (1895-1979) - 1914 - Ritratto da Leon Bakst.jpg
Massine in a portrait by Léon Bakst, 1914
Native name
Леони́д Фёдорович Мя́син
Born
Leonid Fyodorovich Myasin

(1896-08-09)9 August 1896
Died 15 March 1979(1979-03-15) (aged 82)
Occupation Dancer, choreographer
Years active 1915–1948
Spouse(s) Vera Savina (née Vera Clark)
Eugenia Delarova
Tatiana Orlova (div. 1968)
Hannelore Holtwick
Children 4
Awards National Museum of Dance's Mr. & Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney Hall of Fame, 2002

Leonid Fyodorovich Myasin (Russian: Леони́д Фёдорович Мя́син), better known in the West by the French transliteration as Léonide Massine (9 August [O.S. 28 July] 1896 – 15 March 1979), was a Russian choreographer and ballet dancer. Massine created the world's first symphonic ballet, Les Présages, and many others in the same vein. Besides his "symphonic ballets," Massine choreographed many other popular works during his long career, some of which were serious and dramatic, and others lighthearted and romantic.[1] He created some of his most famous roles in his own comic works, among them the Can-Can Dancer in La Boutique fantasque (1919), the Hussar in Le Beau Danube (1924), and, perhaps best known of all, the Peruvian in Gaîté Parisienne (1938). Today his oeuvre is represented by his son Theodor Massine.

Early life and education