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Call No.: MS Thr 508
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lifar, Serge, 1905-1986.
Title: Serge Lifar letters to Serge Diaghilev,
Quantity: 1 collection (.3 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in Russian.
Abstract: Letters from Serge Lifar to Serge Diaghilev describing Lifar's dance lessons, his impressions of rehearsals of ballets and musical concerts.
For related material see Serge Lifar Letters to Serge Diaghilev, 1942-1928, Dance Division. New York Public Library.
Serge Lifar joined Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1923 where he quickly became Diaghilev's protégé. After taking classes with the famous ballet teacher Enrico Cecchetti arranged for him by Diaghilev, Lifar became leading dancer of Ballets Russes. After Diaghilev's death in 1929, Lifar joined Paris Opera as premier danseur and ballet master.
5 letters from Serge Lifar to Serge Diaghilev, including: a draft of letter about his lessons with Enrico Cechhetti in Turin (Italy) in 1924; letters from Milan (Italy) describing Lifar's impressions of rehearsals of Richard Strauss's La Legende de Joseph (possibly at Teatro alla Scala) and Arturo Toscanini's conducting concerts at Scala, and informing Diaghilev of the arrival of a book parcel from the Soviet Russia; and postcard from Ostend (Belgium) from 1929 where Lifar was on vacation.In later years, Lifar made some corrections to the letters, crossing over words in the address lines and adding Diaghilev's initials instead, and stamping all letters with his personal ink stamp.