Lorca Massine

(b. 1944)

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(orig. Leonide Massine; b New York, 25 Jul. 1944)

US dancer and choreographer. Son of Léonide Massine. He studied with his father and V. Gsovsky and made his debut at the Nervi Festival in 1960. He created the role of Puck in Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream at Aldeburgh in 1960. He subsequently appeared as an actor on the Paris stage, and worked as a choreographer. With his sister Tatiana he formed the European Ballet, which toured (1964–7). From 1968 to 1970 he was a soloist and choreographer with the Ballet of the 20th Century; one of his ballets was Tenth Symphony (mus. Mahler, 1968). From 1971 to 1973 he was a soloist at New York City Ballet, where he made Four Last Songs (mus. R. Strauss, 1971) and Ode (mus. Stravinsky, 1972). Other ballets include Ondine (mus. Henze, Hamburg, 1972), Fête dansée (mus. Theodorakis, company of A. Beranger, 1973), Esoteric Satie (Milan, 1978), and Zorba (mus. Theodorakis, Cairo, 1988). He has worked on the reconstruction and staging of his father's repertory for several companies including the Bolshoi.

Subjects: Dance.

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