Dance: Out of the Rain

Purists still insist on an artistic division between modern dance and ballet: the one should be symbolic, angular, Freudian and sparse; the other dramatic, explicit and lush. But the wall between the two is crumbling rapidly. In any number of U.S. cities, a succession of ensembles on tour have given dance buffs ample opportunity to witness growing evidence of the intersection between modern dance and ballet. Such works as Robert Jeffrey's Astarte and the Harkness Ballet's Time Out of Mind created much of their impact by in corporating modern-dance patterns into...

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