Folk Ballet: High-Class Hybrids

Between the formal, intricate patterns of ballet and the exuberant disarray of folk dance lies a vast artistic chasm. Some attempts to bridge this gap have been notably successful—the cowboy ballets of Agnes de Mille, for example, or the large-scale ethnic dance companies sent around the world with in creasing frequency by almost any nation anxious to make its own culture known. One of the most dazzling of these troupes is Mexico's Ballet Folklorico, which just completed its seventh U.S. tour with a one-week stand at Manhattan's City Center. Once again it...

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