Born in Tikhvin, Russia, Serge Grigoriev
was trained at the Imperial Theatre School
in St Petersburg, from where he graduated
in 1900. He was appointed regisseur for
Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1909 and
remained in that position until the company
disbanded on Diaghilev's death in 1929.
With the Diaghilev company he also created
the roles of Shah Shariar in
Scheherazade, Guidone in
Le Coq d'or and the Russian
La Boutique fantasque.
After Diaghilev's death Grigoriev worked
with Colonel de Basil and his various
companies from 1929 to 1951. For de Basil
he drew on his earlier experiences to
stage ballets from the Diaghilev repertoire.
He came to Australia as regisseur-general
on the Covent Garden Russian Ballet tour
of 1938 to 1939 and the Original Ballet
Russe tour of 1939 to 1940. He was accompanied
on the Original Ballet Russe tour by
his wife, the ballerina Lubov Tchernicheva.
Later, with Tchernicheva he was responsible
for mounting revivals in the 1950s and
1960s of ballets by Fokine and overseeing
rehearsals of works by Massine. Grigoriev's
memoirs were published as
The Diaghilev Ballet 1909-1929
and were translated into English in 1953.