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Dancer: Lubov Tchernicheva     10:19 PM
by Vlad for group historicalziegfeld Mar 5, 2012

Lubov Tchernicheva
Liubov Pavlovna Chernysheva

(b St Petersburg, 17 Sept. 1890, d Richmond, Surrey, 1 Mar. 1976).
Russian-British dancer, teacher and ballet mistress. She studied at the Imperial Ballet School in St Petersburg with Fokine; later with Cecchetti. Upon graduation in 1908, she joined the Maryinsky Theatre (the Kirov) where she married the ballet regisseur Grigoriev in 1909. Together they went to the Diaghilev company in 1911. She became a principal dancer with Diaghilev and stayed with the company until it folded in 1929, one of its finest character dancers. She created many roles, among them parts in Massine's The Good-Humoured Ladies (1917), La Boutique fantasque (1919), Pulcinella (1920), Ze'phire et Flore (1925), and Le Pas d'acier (1927), Nijinska's Les Noces (1923) and Les Fa^cheux (1924), and Balanchine's Jack-in-the-Box (1926), The Triumph of Neptune (1926), Apollon musage`te (Calliope, 1928), and The Gods Go a-Begging (1928). She was also a great success in the Fokine roles of Zobeide, Thamar, and Cleopatra. In 1926 she was appointed ballet mistress to the Diaghilev company. In 1932 she and her husband joined de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, where she worked as ballet mistress, remaining with the company (later the Original Ballet Russe) until de Basil's enterprise finally folded in 1952. She came out of retirement to create the title role in Lichine's Francesca da Rimini (1937). In 1952 she settled in England. Thereafter she and her husband staged productions of the Diaghilev repertoire, including Firebird for Sadler's Wells Ballet in 1954 and Petrushka for the Royal Ballet in 1957. She worked as a teacher for both Sadler's Wells Ballet and London Festival Ballet. She made her last stage appearance in 1957 as Juliet's mother in Cranko's Romeo and Juliet.
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“Lubov Tchernicheva was married to regisseur Serge Grigoriev, but she still loved to flirt— in private, Diaghilev referred to her as "Hotpants.”
© Leonide Massine and the 20th century ballet by Leslie Norton, 2004

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