Serge Lifar, Leader of the Muses
Twelve Choreographic Moments

Serge Lifar, the "Greek statue in motion", the ballet master who stirred up the Paris Opera.

As Jean Cocteau coined it, "Lifar has kept Diaghilev's secret into his heart". Indeed, Diaghilev took the young dancer under his wing and offered him a place at the Ballets Russes, of which Lifar became the principal dancer in 1925.

As ballet master of the Paris Opera from 1930, Serge Lifar shook up the old Parisian institution and dedicated himself to level up the artistic standards. The movie director Dominique Delouche has encountered the principal dancers at the Paris Opera during rehearsal sessions and has dug out archival documents which shed a new light on the dance maestro.

As Dominique Delouche sums it up, "Lifar has created a new race of dancer. Contemporary dancers are his heirs, whether they know it or not. But Lifar has also changed the audience by instilling into it fervour and passion".

Serge Lifar


Yvette Chauviré
Nina Vyroubova
Claude Bessy
Attilio Labis
Cyril Atanassoff
Isabelle Guérin
Monique Loudières
Manuel Legris
Delphine Moussin
Isabelle Ciaravola
Yann Saïz
Julien Meyzindi
Stéphane Bullion

Movie director : Dominique Delouche
Playlist : Russian music
Music genre : Ballet

Duration : 01 h 26 min
Production date : 1959-1963-2005
Production : © Les Films du Prieuré
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