Sergei Legat


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(b St Petersburg, 27 Sep. 1875; d St Petersburg, 1 Nov. 1905)

Russian dancer; younger brother of Nicolai Legat. He studied at the Imperial Theatre School with Johansson and Gerdt, graduating in 1894 into the Mariinsky Theatre. Though six years his brother's junior he soon outshone him and by 1903 was appointed premier danseur. He also taught at the school (Nijinsky was one of his pupils) and worked as repetiteur at the Mariinsky. He committed suicide, apparently unbalanced by his unhappy relations with Maria Petipa (Petipa's daughter), his common-law wife, and by his anguish over the divisions caused by the dancers' strike of 1905.

Subjects: Dance.

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