Dance: Two Masters Met-A Double Whammy1

BETWEEN rehearsals and performances of the Stravinsky Festival at Manhattan's Lincoln Center last week, Choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins talked with TIME'S Rosemarie Tauris about the great Russian composer whose work they were honoring.

Why was Stravinsky so important for the ballet?

BALANCHINE: He invented a modern rhythm for us. That kind of music is exactly what makes us move right. You see, a dancer cannot invent his own time; a composer can. He can write the rhythms slowly and then divide them. The human body cannot do that. We need an exact time to set our different types of movements. That...

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