Ballet: Gazelleschaft

Considering the sad record of the past, the idea of a good German ballet troupe might seem as implausible as a Nepalese surfing club. Times have definitely changed. Not long after the curtain lifted at the American debut of the Stuttgart Ballet last week, the audience at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House was cheering in disbelief at the light-as-air elegance of a pack of young gazelles from the edge of the Black Forest.

Although the Stuttgart Ballet (formal name: the Wlirttemberg State Theater Ballet) is German mainly through accident of residence, its accomplishments...

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