Music: Rare Bird

The curtain rose on a blue Asiatic nightscape. A ballerina in a plumed, scarlet and gold tutu skittered gracefully across the stage. Then a hunter snared her.

At about that point, one night last week, Sadler's Wells Star Margot Fonteyn ceased to be a ballerina and became the bird she intended to portray. The ballet: Firebird, dreamed up in 1910 for Diaghilev's Ballets Russes by the late, style-making Choreographer Michel Fokine and style-shaking Composer Igor Stravinsky.

The hunter, danced in last week's performance by handsome Michael Somes, wonderingly clutched his rare bird. Her movements...

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