Definitions

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  • noun French choreographer and ballet dancer (born in Russia) (1895-1979)

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Examples

  • Previous owners of various manuscripts in the collection include French pianist Alfred Cortot; cellist August Franchomme, a friend of Chopin's; Alma Mahler, the composer's widow; and Russian choreographer and ballet dancer Léonide Massine.

    Scores of Scores, From Mozart to Ravel

  • Who but the world's greatest impresario could attract stage sets by Braque, costumes by Chanel and choreography by Massine, all to guide and enhance the faltering steps of a young Russian composer?

    Diaghilev: Lord of the dance

  • Previous owners of various manuscripts in the collection include French pianist Alfred Cortot; cellist August Franchomme, a friend of Chopin's; Alma Mahler, the composer's widow; and Russian choreographer and ballet dancer Léonide Massine.

    Scores of Scores, From Mozart to Ravel

  • Bursting with color and energy, the almost-beyond-lavish pages of 'Ballets Russes' Assouline, 236 pages, $750 make a feast of these leftovers, re-creating mighty collaborations among artists such as Picasso, Braque, Matisse and Miró and choreographers like Nijinsky, Léonid Massine and Michel Fokine.

    Photo-Op: Modernism à la Russe

  • Many of his leading male dancers became his lovers — though Nijinsky was the most celebrated, there were also L é onide Massine and Serge Lifar.

    Beauty of the Ballets Russes

  • According to legend Diaghilev got Savina drunk, stripped her and threw her at Massine with the words: "Behold your beau idéal!" before firing him.

    Sergei Diaghilev: first lord of the dance

  • Most seem to have approached the arrangement pragmatically, with Massine commenting that sex with Diaghilev "was like going to bed with a nice fat old lady".

    Sergei Diaghilev: first lord of the dance

  • Today sexual-harassment suits might have shut down his balletic endeavors, for Diaghilev was inveterate about conscripting into romance the young men he made the leading male stars of his company, most notably Nijinsky and Massine.

    The Passions of an Impresario

  • He gave similar rings to Nijinsky and Massine, and in their case the message was clear: they were to remain faithful to him and to ballet.

    Sergei Diaghilev: first lord of the dance

  • If the impresario suspected a repetition of the Nijinsky debacle, however, he could turn vindictive, as happened in 1920 when Massine took up with Vera Savina, one of the company's ballerinas.

    Sergei Diaghilev: first lord of the dance

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