Vladimir Skouratoff

(b. 1925)

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(b Paris, 12 Mar. 1925)

French dancer and teacher. He studied in wartime Paris with Preobrajenska, Volinine, and Kniaseff and began performing in the corps at the Lido, Paris, also appearing with Janine Charrat in recitals and with Jeanmaire in Lifar ballets. During the following decade he danced with a succession of companies: Nouveaux Ballets de Monte Carlo (1946) Original Ballet Russe (1947), Ballets de Paris (1948). Ballets des Champs-Elysées (1951), and finally Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas (1952–7). In 1958 he turned freelance, partnering T. Lander in the musical Le Rendezvous manqué (written by Françoise Sagan, chor. John Taras, for Opera de Monte Carlo), and guesting with various companies including London Festival Ballet (1959) and Scandinavian Ballet (1960). He never ranked highly as a pure classical dancer, but excelled in both character roles and the modern repertory, creating roles in many ballets including Lifar's Dramma per musica and Chota Roustaveli (both 1946) and Skibine's Idylle (1954). He was ballet master with Strasbourg Opera, then with Bordeaux Opera (1970–90).

Subjects: Dance.

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