Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986

Alternative names
Birth 1905-04-02
Death 1986-12-15
Russian, French

Biographical notes:

Russian dancer and choreographer.

From the description of Serge Lifar autograph letter to Leonide Massine, ca. 1960. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 370392712

Serge Lifar, dancer, choreographer and author, was born in Kiev, Russia in 1905. He studied with Bronislava Nijinska, who brought him to Paris in 1923 where he joined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. He became a protege of Diaghilev, was named premiere danseur in 1925, and remained with the company through it s last season in 1929.

From the guide to the Serge Lifar letters to Serge Diaghilev, 1924-1928, 1924-1928, (The New York Public Library. Jerome Robbins Dance Division.)

The Russian dancer Serge Lifar emigrated to France in 1922. From 1923 he was associated with the Russian ballets of Diaghilev. In 1929 Lifar became the star of the Paris Opera, as well as a dance teacher and choreographer. He was the director of the Paris Université de la danse.

From the description of L'architecture dans la chorégraphie, 1977. (Getty Research Institute). WorldCat record id: 81151116

Serge Lifar joined Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1923 where he quickly became Diaghilev's protégé. After taking classes with the famous ballet teacher Enrico Cecchetti arranged for him by Diaghilev, Lifar became leading dancer of Ballets Russes. After Diaghilev's death in 1929, Lifar joined Paris Opera as premier danseur and ballet master.

From the guide to the Serge Lifar letters to Serge Diaghilev, 1924-1929., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Serge Lifar (1905-1986) was a French dancer and choreographer. Igor Markevitch (1912-1983) was a French composer and conductor.

From the description of Letters from Igor Markevitch and others, 1931-1986. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79489759

Serge Lifar was leading dancer of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes from 1924 to 1929.

From the description of Serge Lifar letters to Serge Diaghilev, 1924-1929. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 612744059


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