Exhibition – Picasso and Dance – Working for the ballet

In 1962, Serge Lifar was invited by the Paris Opera to recreate his ballet Icare. The plot he composed was inspired by Greek mythology – with the wings made by his father Daedalus, Icarus launches himself into the air, but intoxicated by the act of flying, he goes too close to the sun, the wax of his wings melts and he falls into the sea. Created in 1935, the ballet was a manifesto where the dancing was choreographed separately from the music. In addition to the choreography, Lifar was in charge of the “rhythms” that accompany it, orchestrated by Arthur Honegger.
For this reproduction, the former dancer designed new costumes himself and suggested to his friend Picasso, whom he had met through the Ballets Russes in the 1920s, that he create the set and stage curtain. Picasso had not worked on any more ballets since 1924, with the exception of a curtain for Roland Petit’s Le Rendez-vous (1945), based on an existing design. The artist nevertheless agreed to design this new piece – he provided Lifar with a sketch reminiscent of another “fall of Icarus”, that of the fresco he painted in 1958 for the UNESCO headquarters.

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Picasso and dance
From June 19 to September 16, 2018
Paris Opera Library-museum, Palais Garnier

Examens internationaux de danse classique

Dance Project Charles Jude avec le patronage de la Fondation Serge Lifar présente

LES EXAMENS INTERNATIONAUX de DANSE CLASSIQUE 28 – 29 – 30 juin 2018 à Florence, Italie.

Un événement unique  !
Trois jours de cours avec des maîtres internationaux pour la préparation aux examens.

Examens sur la scène avec le jury d’excellence:

Présidente honoraire: Hélène Trailine – Etoile Internationale

  • Noëlla Pontois – Etoile de l’Opéra National de Paris
  • Monique Loudières – Etoile de l’Opéra National de Paris
  • Cyrille Atanassoff – Etoile de l’Opéra National de Paris
  • Charles Jude – Etoile de l’Opéra National de Paris
  • Michele Olivieri – Critique de la Danse et du Théàtre

Délivrance du certificat d’examen de passage
Participation de tous les étudiants à l’ouverture du Gala des Etoiles, dans lequel d’importants danseurs internationaux danseront.
Participation au Gala pour les étudiants qui réussissent le dernier niveau d’examens et obtiendra le Certificat d’aptitude de Danseur Classique Professionnel de la Fondation Serge Lifar, et pour les étudiants qui seront distingués lors des examens.

Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition New York

March 25 – 30, 2018

Suite en Blanc, choreographed by Serge Lifar, will be part of the Senior category Compulsory Repertoire for VKIBC 2018. Furthermore, under the artistic authority of Charles Jude, former Etoile of the Paris Opera, the Lifar Foundation has very generously decided to financially reward with a grant those dancers who will perform the piece in an exceptional manner.

Claire Teisseyre won the prize Serge Lifar 2018 at the VKIBC competition in New York.



Carlson / Cherkaoui / Lifar

October 18 to 26, 2017

Opéra National de Bordeaux

If to leave is to Remember / Faun / Suite en blanc


If to Leave is to Remember
Pièce pour 12 danseurs
Chorégraphie, Carolyn Carlson
Musique, Philip Glass, (Quatuor n°3 Mishima)
Lumières, Guillaume Bonneau

Pièce créée le 13 octobre 2009 au Sadler’s Wells de Londres.
Entrée au répertoire.
Chorégraphie, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Musique, Claude Debussy et Nitin Sawhney (musique additionnelle)
Costumes, Hussein Chalayan
Lumières, Adam Carrée

Suite en blanc
Ballet créé le 23 juillet 1943 à l’Opéra de Paris
Chorégraphie, Serge Lifar
Musique, Edouard Lalo (extraits de Namouna)
Lumières, François Saint-Cyr

Lifar / Kylián / Forsythe

Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre

7, 8 et 9 july 2017

  • Suite en Blanc by Serge Lifar
  • Petite Mort by Jiri Kylian
  • The Second Detail by William Forsythe

Suite en blanc by Serge Lifar was created in 1943 to the music of Édouard Lalo – an abstract ballet that became a symbol of neo-classical style in choreography. Suite en blanc requires both elegance and virtuosity of performance. With this ballet I wanted to present the whole Stanislavsky Ballet Company at its best. At the same time I wanted our soloists to work on specific things as this choreography demands exceptional musicality and technical skills. (Laurent Hilaire)