Dance: Passion with a Put-On

Dame Margot Fonteyn is indisputably a prima ballerina assoluta. The Stuttgart Ballet now ranks among Europe's best dance companies. Its director and chief choreographer, John Cranko, is possibly the reigning master of story ballet. Put them all together and what do you get? What you get, sad to say, is a campy, overripe, overdecorated disaster called Poème de I'Extase, which was given its American première last week at the Metropolitan Opera House.

Mature Genius. Based on two sensuous scores by Scriabin, Poème was created for Fonteyn by Cranko, an admirer of hers since their...

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