Music: Ballet War

Last autumn, when Choreographer Léonide Massine announced that he would leave the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo for a more congenial job with World-Art, Inc. (TIME, Nov. 1), things looked bad for Colonel de Basil's toe-dancers. Temperamental Massine had always felt that de Basil cramped his style, had long awaited a chance to launch a company all his own. The chance came when Chicago's art-conscious celebrity-chaser. Mrs. Charles B. Goodspeed, steered him toward Yeast Tycoon Julius Fleischmann, who had cherished a secret passion to patronize the arts. Upshot was the organization of the World-Art group with backing ($500,000) by Fleischmann, Harold...

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