Music: Ictus at the Ballet

Manhattan balletomanes hardly had time to catch their breath; even before the New York City Ballet had closed the doors on its three-week fall season, Ballet Theatre rang up the curtain for three weeks at the Met. The big interest in Ballet Theatre's program last week centered on two new numbers:

Till Eulenspiegel (U.S. premiere), set to the raucous, good-humored music of Richard Strauss, with choreography by 27-year-old Jean Babilée (TIME, April 23). In the Babilée version, Till's merry pranks usually have their grim side, e.g., when a pretty girl spurns him, he turns...

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