Music: Russian Rebuke

At the Philadelphia Academy of Music, the curtain fell for the second intermission of Carmen. Suddenly, through the plush folds, without any spotlight, stepped Mile. Ayenata Alexeywa, a Russian ballet dancer, who a few moments before had cavorted with more feeling than finesse. She bowed curtly. She lifted her voice in staccato notes to rebuke the audience for not appreciating her art, for hav-ing a fondness for jazz, for uncouth laws, raw liquors, ugly modes, boorish manners. The audience applauded.

During the next intermission, William Hammer, manager of the company", appeared upon...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!