Music: Monstrous Exhibition

Serge Lifar is a dancer who likes more than a moderate share of applause. He hardly minds at all when he is quoted as saying, "I was magnificent." Often, at performances of his Paris Opéra Ballet, curtain bows run into the dozens—long after a good part of the audience has already left the hall. So when Russian-born Ballet Master Lifar brought his Opéra Ballet to Manhattan in 1948, and was greeted by a picket line denouncing him as a collaborationist,* he could hardly contain his indignation. Last week, in Paris, it looked as if Lifar might be having his revenge.

The opening-night...

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