Music: Testing a Hunch

Showgoers know Agnes de Mille as the choreographer who jimmied ballet right into the plot of Oklahoma! and started a Broadway trend; balletomanes know her as the one who has done most to bring oldtime American themes to the ballet stage (Rodeo, Fall River Legend). Last week Choreographer de Mille was off on a new tack: with her own company of 19, she set out to test a hunch that there is room for an outfit offering dance, pantomime and song in a repertory rich in American themes.

Audiences in Baltimore and Washington were the first to sample the Agnes de Mille...

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