Music: The Cruncher

While bright young (26) French Choreographer-Dancer Roland Petit was flashing and stomping through his sexy Les Ballets de Paris hit, Carmen, on Broadway last year (TIME, Oct. 17,1949), some other ideas were writhing around in his head.

One of them was a childhood memory: his father had once ordered an enormous red divan for his Paris bistro, hoping to attract a fancier clientele. When it arrived, it was too big for the bistro, so his father punched a hole in the wall of Roland's adjoining bedroom to make it fit. At night, young Roland...

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