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David Lichine


David Lichine 1910-72 was a Russian-born dancer and choreographer who trained with Egorova and Nijinska. He began his performing career with Ida Rubenstein’s company in 1928. He danced briefly with Anna Pavlova’s company but is was as a star of de Basil’s Ballets Russes that he is best remembered. He created roles in Cotillon, Jeux des enfants, Les Presages and his own Prote and Graduation Ball. He was also a notable interpreter of the role of the Faun in L’Aprés midi d’un faun. He began to choreograph in 1933 and his ballets include Le Pavillon, Francesca da Rimini, a version of The Prodigal Son and Le Recontre. In addition to American Ballet Theatre, he worked as choreographer and dancer for the Teatro Coln, Buenos Aires and Ballet des Champs Elyses.