Music: Rimbaud In Action

Among British choreographers, 43-year-old Frederick Ashton has been the busiest and best, lately. U.S. audiences saw several of his witty, agreeable ballets, e.g., Cinderella, Facade, Wedding Bouquet, danced by Britain's Sadler's Wells company last fall (TIME, Nov. 14). Last week Manhattan fans got to see a new Ashton work danced by a U.S. company.

When he was invited last fall to do a new ballet for New York's City Ballet Company, Ashton was delighted. Ever since the war he had been coddling an idea that he thought might be too salty for English...