Dance: Rediscovered Promise

After nearly 30 years of artistic doubt and indecision, the American Ballet Theater seems to have rediscovered it self. Currently appearing at Lincoln Center's Metropolitan Opera House, Ballet Theater offers a program of carefully reconstructed classics with a sprinkling of modern works.

That, in effect, was the goal set for the company in 1940 by its founder, Architect Richard Pleasant. Since then, however, Ballet Theater has all too frequently strayed off on a series of unrewarding paths. After Pleasant entered the U.S. Army during World War II, the company came under the...

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