Music: Royal Eggs

For the past 23 years, visits to Manhattan by London's Royal Ballet have become a springtime ritual. In most cases, the company's programming has become ritualistic too: 19th century warhorses like Swan Lake and Giselle, plus a generous dash of contemporary works like The Dream and The Two Pigeons by the Royal's longtime director Sir Frederick Ashton.

The company's current six-week stand at Lincoln Center, however, has a special point of interest. It is its first under the directorship of Kenneth MacMillan, 42, an Ashton disciple who is best known for his full-length Romeo...

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