Ballet: Two for the Season

Perhaps it is because the U.S. has entered a new era of romanticism that exalts esthetic feeling and the passive enjoyment of sensuous spectacle. Perhaps it is because the dance has developed artistic strength and social consciousness. Whatever the cause, the cheerful effect is clear. American audiences in recent years have been enjoying a steady boom in good ballet.

Things new, exciting and theatrical are rare in the arts at any time. At the moment, most of the theatricality seems superficial and hastily pasted on; not so in dance, which constantly erupts with...

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