Music: Culture Missionaries

For the second year in a row, Britain played host to a troupe of Soviet culture missionaries. Last year's troupe stressed Soviet musicianship in romantic and contemporary works, and had a definitely highbrow pitch. Last week, in London and the provinces, the 1953 visitors were showing something for everybody.

Galya Izmailova, ballerina of the Uzbek Opera Theatre, turned up with a trio of squat-dancers. Dressed in traditional Uzbek pantaloons, she wriggled and shook various parts of her body separately and in unison with dramatic overtones ranging from the flirtatious to the provocative. Sergei...

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