Music: Jooss Start

Two pianos struck the keynote simply from a darkened theatre pit one afternoon last week. On a stage bare of properties the current dance season began in Manhattan, not with the Monte Carlo Ballet Russe of glamorous traditions and virtuoso performers, not with any of the U. S. moderns struggling to express themselves by gymnastic abstractions, but with performances designed by Kurt Jooss, a 35-year-old German whose ballets, scorning any set technique, tell stories.

Three years have passed since the Jooss dancers first visited the U. S., failed financially in spite of the...

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