Dance: Wing-Footed Feat

Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House is destined for the wrecker's ball in May—that is, if it lasts that long. Last week the visiting Bolshoi Ballet practically tore down the house all by itself. Most of the acclaim was lavished on the Bolshoi's wing-footed Prima Ballerina Maya Plisetskaya. On opening night she danced the dual role of Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, and on the next night performed in the U.S. première of Petipa's Don Quixote—altogether a feat that is roughly comparable to Sandy Koufax pitching both ends of a doubleheader.

Since its conception by Marius Petipa in 1869, Don Quixote has...

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