Music: Ballet Russe

Ever since last winter the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo has acted like a French Cabinet in a crisis. Only expert bystanders have been able to puzzle out its complicated tangle of splits, mergers, lawsuits, reorganizations. Last week, as the troupe, now sponsored by Universal Art, Inc., started its U.S. season in Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House, balletgoers got their first chance to see the practical results of this confusion and commotion.

Notably absent from the programs was the name of Colonel Wassily de Basil; notably present was the familiar trademark of Concert Manager...

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