Music: Coals in Newcastle

When the American Ballet Theater announced that it would invade ballet-wise Moscow this fall, U.S. critics feared that the once-great company—which was disbanded two years ago and gradually reformed early this year—might disgrace the U.S. in Russia. Wrote New York Times Dance Critic John Martin: "Has Newcastle asked for coals? In the unlikely case that it has, assuredly it should not be given cinders." Last week in Moscow the American Ballet Theater proved itself something more than cinders.

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