Michel Fokine (1880–1942)

Author of Fokine: Memoirs of a Ballet Master

Includes the names: Michael Fokine, Michel Fokine; Translator Vitale Fokine;

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One of the greatest ballet teachers and choreographers of the 20th century, Michel Fokine started as a dancer with the Imperial Russian Ballet (now the Maryinsky Ballet). He moved to the West in 1909 when Sergei Diaghilev invited him to become the choreographer of the Ballets Russes. Fokine later moved to Sweden and then to New York City, where he founded a ballet school and continued to dance with his wife Vera Fokina. Fokine's best-known works are Chopiniana, The Firebird, Petrushka, Le Spectre de la Rose, and Daphnis et ChloƩ, which are still performed by leading ballet companies of the world.
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