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Agnes de Mille

Agnes de Mille  

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(1905–1993).Stage choreographer and director. Arguably Broadway's most influential choreographer, she created a long list of unforgettable musical numbers in legendary shows. She was born in New York ...
Alexandre Benois

Alexandre Benois  

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(b St Petersburg, 4 May 1870; d Paris, 9 Feb. 1960)Russian painter and designer. One of the key figures of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. Like Diaghilev he studied law at the University of St Petersburg ...
Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova  

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(1882–1931)Russian ballerina who, with her famous tours, popularized ballet throughout the world.Pavlova was born in St Petersburg. Her family was poor, as her father died when she was two, and even ...
Anton Dolin

Anton Dolin  

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(Sydney Francis Patrick Chippendall Healy-Kay; born 27 July 1904 in Slinfold, Sussex, died 25 November 1983 in Paris), British dancer, director, choreographer, and teacher. Patrick Healy-Kay began ...
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Entertainment in which dancers, by use of mime, etc., perform to mus. to tell a story or to express a mood. The ballet was largely developed in the courts of Fr. and It. during the 16th and 17th ...
Boris Kochno

Boris Kochno  

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(b Moscow, 3 Jan. 1904; d Paris, 8 Dec. 1990)Russian-French ballet librettist and dance writer. In 1920 he became Diaghilev's secretary and advised him closely on many ballets. He wrote several ...
Dame Marie Rambert

Dame Marie Rambert  

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1888–1982)Polish-born British ballet producer, director, and teacher who played a leading part in the establishment of English ballet. She was made a DBE in 1962.Born in Warsaw, Rambert studied ...
Dame Ninette de Valois

Dame Ninette de Valois  

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(orig. Edris Stannus; b Baltiboys, Ireland, 6 Jun. 1898; d London, 8 Mar. 2001)Irish-born British dancer, choreographer, teacher, and ballet director. Founder of the Royal Ballet and one of the ...
Fortunato Depero

Fortunato Depero  

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(1892–1960)Italian painter, stage designer, and theoretician, a key member of the futurist movement. He became a disciple of Giacomo Balla in 1914 and they jointly wrote the influential manifesto ...
George Balanchine

George Balanchine  

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1904–1983)Russian-born US dancer and choreographer.Son of a Georgian folk musician, Balanchine studied at the Imperial Ballet School and the Petrograd Conservatory of Music. In his early years he was ...
Gesamtkunstwerk

Gesamtkunstwerk  

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(Ger.).Unified work of art. Wagner's term for a dramatic work in which drama, music, poetry, song, and paintings should be united into a new and complete art‐form. This theory is expounded in his Das ...
Igor Stravinsky

Igor Stravinsky  

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(b Oranienbaum, 1882; d NY, 1971).Russ.‐born composer, conductor, pianist, and writer (Fr. cit. 1934, Amer. cit. 1945). Son of Fyodor Stravinsky. Went to St Petersburg Univ. 1901 to study law but ...
Jean Cocteau

Jean Cocteau  

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(b Maisons‐Laffitte, 1889; d Milly‐la‐forêt, 1963).Fr. poet, novelist, and playwright, often assoc. with mus. as librettist or propagandist. Wrote scenario for Satie's Parade (1917) and libs. for ...
London

London  

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The first London ballet performances were given by French and Italians during the 17th and 18th centuries, though two English men, John Weaver (dancer, choreographer, teacher, and writer) and John ...
Michel Fokine

Michel Fokine  

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1880–1942)Russian ballet dancer and choreographer who, under the patronage of Sergei Diaghilev, helped to revolutionize the ballet.Fokine studied at the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg and ...
Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso  

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(1881–1973)Spanish artist. Because of his prolific inventiveness and his technical and expressive brilliance he dominated avant-garde art in the first half of the twentieth century and is usually ...
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Sergei Diaghilev

Sergei Diaghilev  

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(1872–1929)Russian artistic impresario, who founded the Ballets Russes and brought the contemporary arts of Russia to Europe. He inspired musicians, artists, and dancers and revolutionized the ...
Shaftesbury Theatre

Shaftesbury Theatre  

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Built in 1911 by Bertie Crewe for Walter and Frederick Melville in London, it was originally the New Prince's Theatre (capacity 1,250), became the Prince's Theatre in 1914, and the ...
Tamara Karsavina

Tamara Karsavina  

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(Tamara Platonovna Karsavina; born 9 March 1885 in Saint Petersburg, died 26 May 1978 in Beaconsfield, England), Russian-British ballerina, teacher, and writer. Karsavina's father, Platon Karsavin, ...

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