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Literature, Modernism, and Dance$
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Susan Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199565320

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199565320.001.0001

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Massine, Modernisms, and the Integrated Arts

Massine, Modernisms, and the Integrated Arts

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Literature, Modernism, and Dance

Susan Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the work of dancer and choreographer Léonide Massine, who began his career with Diaghilev but who continued to transmit the ideologies of modernist schools—cubism, futurism, surrealism—beyond the impresario's lifetime. Massine collaborated with contemporary painters and composers ranging from Picasso and Satie to Derain and Dalí, and throughout his career his sensitivity to literary text provided a unique source for his choreography. His ballets drew on scenarios from Edgar Allen Poe to Archibald MacLeish. Trained in Russia, and exposed to the work of Michel Fokine and experimental theatre in Russia, Massine also provided an important conduit of Russian and German dramaturgical theories. His creative eclecticism provides a striking but often neglected source for the transmission of dance and literary modernisms in Europe and the USA into the second half of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   modernist eclecticism, cubism, futurism, surrealism, dramaturgy, Massine

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