The company launched the careers of its five principal choreographers: Michel Fokine, Vaslav Nijinsky, Leonide Massine
, Bronislava Nijinska and George Balanchine.
The original Parade was a radical ballet first performed on May 18, 1917, and created by a supergroup of world-famous European artists with Ballets Russes - Erik Satie, Jean Cocteau, Leonide Massine
and Pablo Picasso.
Une soixantaine de musiciens dont Vera Ait Tahar, Feth Eddine Mehalla et Kheira Ben Haoua au violon, Lotfi Said et Walid Merabet en alto, Reda Mender a la contrebasse, Massine
Bouchakour a la flute, Mohamed Abbad au hautbois, Lyamine Belaz a la clarinette, Tahar Radja au basson, Nour Eddine Guechoud au cor, Hacene Lounis a la trompette, Ehab Alkteish a la trombone, Hamza Mazen a la timbale, Sid Ali Larroum a la percussion et Di Nicola a la harpe.
Similarly, Pulcinella is a stage work composed by Stravinsky in 1919-20, reworking music by and attributed to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi; it was staged with choreography by Leonid Massine
and designs by Pablo Picasso.
The works are of similar size and their subjects are taken from the grand story of early-twentieth-century dance, including such milestones as The Rite of Spring (choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, music by Igor Stravinsky) and Parade (choreography by Leonide Massine
, music by Erik Satie, costumes and set by Pablo Picasso, scenario and libretto by Jean Cocteau).They are either theatrical landscapes within which the corps de ballet moves (Rite of Spring) (all works cited, 2013) or empty sets (Stage with Shooting Stars).
A highlight was the hugely colorful "Gaite Parisienne," by Leonide Massine
, which closed out the evening.
The cameras were also allowed to film Nureyev on his Mediterranean island of Li Galli, which once belonged to another Russian dancer, Massine
. Nureyev's dancing career has been extensively chronicled on film and television.
Classic Oscar-winning drama, based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, starring Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer (right), Robert Helpmann, Leonide Massine
, Esmond Knight and Albert Basserman.
He worked with choreographers including Michel Fokine, Leonide Massine
, Bronislava Nijinska, Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille and Valerie Bettis.
A very lively session was the collaborative effort by four Australian Ballet dancers (who generously gave up their only sleep-in of the week) and Wendy Walker, the ballet mistress in charge of staging Leonide Massine
's Les Presages (1993) for The Australian Ballet.
The one-acter was first staged with choreography by Leonide Massine
for Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russe in 1920 and has passed through many choreographic hands since then.