Music: Trial Leaps

Manhattan was deluged with ballet, but not overwhelmed. There were three companies (the Original Ballet Russe, Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Ballet Society) on hand, and a fourth (Ballet Theater) in the wings. Each did its best to come up with something new Most important premieres:

Jerome Robbins' Pas de Trois, a posturing satire on classical ballet done to Berlioz' thundering Damnation of Faust. In it two men and a ballerina maneuver to upstage each other; one mugs shamelessly, another surreptitiously corrects a pose, or looks bewildered and terrified when he can't remember what he is expected to do next. Good clean...

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