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The Fascist Turn in the Dance of Serge Lifar: Interwar French Ballet and the German Occupation

Mark Franko


This book is an examination of neoclassical ballet initially in the French context before and after World War I (circa 1905–1944) with close attention to dancer and choreographer Serge Lifar. Since the critical discourses analyzed indulged in flights of poetic fancy a distinction is made between the Lifar-image (the dancer on stage and object of discussion by critics), the Lifar-discourse (the writings on Lifar as well as his own discourse), and the Lifar-person (the historical actor). This topic is further developed in the final chapter into a discussion of the so-called baroque dance both as ... More

Keywords: Serge Lifar, Paris Opera, neoclassical ballet, Occupation, baroque dance, Jean Cocteau, Paul Valéry, Raymond Williams, Francine Lancelot, Jean-Michel Guilcher

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197503324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197503324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Franko, author
Professor of Dance, Temple University