lunedì 5 dicembre 2011

Léonide Massine

One of the greatest ballet dancers and choreographers ever(Moscow,27 or 28 July,or 9 August,1895 or 1896 - Borken,15 March 1979).Librettist.
Dancer and choreographer:Ballets Russes,Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo,his company,Cinema.
Guest dancer and choreographer:American Ballet Theatre,The Sadler's Wells Ballet,The Royal Danish Ballet,The Cologne State Opera Ballet,The Vienna Opera Ballet,La Scala in Milan,The Paris Opera,Opera Comique,Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires,Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro,Joffrey Ballet,and others.

Final part of the wonderful ballet movie "Spanish Fiesta"(1942,19 min) danced and choreographed by Massine.With Tamara Toumanova,Alexandra Danilova,Frederic Franklin,Nathalie Krassovska,
Andre Eglevsky and the ensemble(Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo).
Music by Rimsky-Korsakov(Capriccio espagnole).

Rumba Bomba
Amazing dance number which mixes Ballet and hispanic folklore,created by Léonide Massine and danced by Massine himself with Vera Ellen.From "Carnival in Costa Rica"(FOX,1947).

The beautiful "The Red Shoes"(1948),danced and choreographed by Massine and Robert Helpmann.Starring Moira Shearer.

The Gay Parisian(Warner,1941).
Another great ballet movie danced and choreographed by Léonide Massine.Starring Frederic Franklin,Milada Mladova,Igor Youskevitch,Nathalie Krassovska,Andre Eglevsky,Lubov Roudenko,
Casimir Kokitch,James Starbuck and the ensemble(Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo).Music by Jacques Offenbach.
Vera Ellen and chorus in "Wedding Dance",the other dance number of  "Carnival in Costa Rica".

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