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This work provides a biography of Massine and a detailed analysis of his major ballets, including those for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and American Ballet Theatre. The work integrates biographical study with an examination of Massine's works from an array of perspectives. By examining the music and composers, set design, and literary sources, it places the work in the larger context of the dance, opera, major visual art movements, literature, and theater of the period. Analyses of ballets include synopses, scenery and costumes, music, choreography, critical survey, and summary. The work concludes with an epilogue summarizing Massine's impact on the development of ballet in the twentieth century, and includes both informal and performance photographs.
Leslie Norton is associate professor in dance at Hamilton College Theatre and Dance Department, and lives in Clinton, New York.
|Preface and Acknowledgments||1|
|1||July 1895-May 1917||5|
|2||June 1917-June 1920||47|
|3||July 1920-April 1926||79|
|4||June 1927-January 1932||107|
|5||May 1932-July 1936||135|
|6||August 1936-May 1939||191|
|7||June 1939-February 1943||231|
|8||March 1943-October 1954||273|
|9||July 1955-July 1960||305|
|10||The Final Years||327|