Music: Ballet of Fables

Some like their ballet new, lean and glinting; they favor the New York City Ballet. Some like it pageantesque, formal and applauseworthy; they favor London's Sadler's Wells. Some like it storyful, mellow and magical; they had almost no place to turn except Copenhagen, where the Royal Danish Ballet spun comfortably on its 200-year-old tradition, rarely ventured into the outside world (TIME, Aug. 31, 1953). But last week the Danes were in Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House, and provided crowds with something to cherish for years to come.

Foam Rubber. On the festive opening night (Danish...

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