Lorca Massine

Choreography, directing and libretto

Lorca Massine



Lorca Massine was born in New York, to Russian émigré parents. He studied dancing with Yves Brieux, Victor Gzovsky, Assaf Messerer and Anatole Wilzac.  As a dancer, he has danced principal roles with leading choreographers of our time: Georges Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, his father Leonide Massine and Maurice Bejart.


He has choreographed over 50 ballets, among them: “4 last songs  “ Printemps"” Ode”(new York city ballet Stravinsky festival) “Fantaisie serieuse” (American ballet Theater)Mario and the Magician" based on Thomas Mann’s novel, "Metamorphosis" adapted from the story by Franz Kafka, "Esoteric Satie”,  “The Song of the Nightingale”, “Ondine”, “Sebastian”, “Streets” and “Zorba the Greek”, for which he wrote the libretto.  “Zorba”, set to music by Mikis Theodorakis, the most highly attended contemporary full-length ballet, has been performed in 30 countries, recently celebrating its 5000th performance.  He has staged his own and his father’s works for major international companies/theaters and festivals around the world:

American Ballet Theatre
Arena of Verona
Ballet of the XX  century
Caracalla Baths, Rome
Bayerische Staatsoper, Munich
Bolshoi Ballet
Capitol Theater ,Sydney
Les Grands Ballet Canadiens
Herod Atticus Theater, Athens
Karmiel Festival, Israel (20.000 spectators)
La Fenice, Venice
La Scala,Milan
Luna Park Palace, Buenos aires
Massimo Theater, Palermo
Municipal Theater , Santiago del Chile
Municipal Theater, Rio de Janeiro
Oltremare Festival,Naples
New york City Ballet
Paris Opera
Pennsylvania Ballet
Projetto O Globo Rio de Janeiro(150.000 spectators)
Rome Opera
Royal Opera House of Covent Garden
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Teatro San Carlo Naples
Teatro municipal Santiago del Cile
Vienna Opera
Warsaw grand theatre,Lodz grand theatre

He is also the reviver of his father ballets, among them:

Gaiete Parisienne
La Boutique Fantasque
La Symphonie Fantastique
Laudes Evangelii
Les Presages
The Rite of Spring

The 4 Picasso Ballets : Le Tricorne, Mercure, Parade and Pulcinella


Director, Ballet of Opera of Rome, 1981-1983,
Director Ballet of the Opera of Warsaw, -1992- 1994

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