Music: Ballet -for Helicopters

"Ballon," says The Dance Encyclopedia, is "the ability [of a dancer] to remain in the air for a length of time." To Nijinsky, that was a simple matter: "You have just to go up and pause there a little." But the Paris Opera Ballet's Choreographer Serge Lifar has a more modern solution.

Last week at Paris' Orly Airfield, some 500,000 spectators peered into blue skies and clutched their ears as U.S. and British jet fighters screeched past in France's National Air Fete. President of the Republic Vincent Auriol sat pleasantly and peacefully in his box, a study in pearl grey. Then, suddenly,...

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