Dance: Dance Candor

The Royal Danish Ballet is one of dance's most venerable institutions. With a 200-year history, the Danes claim the oldest continuous tradition in ballet, except for the Paris Opera, and their dancers are renowned for crisp footwork and ineffable lightness. They still have a few surprises tucked away, however, as audiences at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center learned last week when the visiting company unveiled Choreographer Flemming Flindt's Triumph of Death—and even undressed a few of the dancers.

"If you take the sensuous, corporeal expression away from dance, it becomes stuffy," says Copenhagen-born...

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