Dance: For the Jung in Heart

It was, said Rudolf Nureyev, like "graduating from finishing school," a chance "to show what I learned about the West, and what I can do with it choreographically." Last week at the Vienna State Opera, Nureyev presented Tancredi, his first try at choreographing a modern ballet. No pretty picture princes, no fluttering ballerinas in cupid wings this time. He turned the old love-triangle theme into an exploration of neurosis from womb to tomb, into a balletic adventure that was, as one critic put it, "for the Jung in heart."

The role of Tancredi, danced by Nureyev, was conceived as the...

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