O body swayed to music, O brightening glance,
How can we know the dancer from the dance?
Yeats' oft-quoted couplet sums up the ideal of balletthe ideal so rarely achieved. And no wonder. Classical dance is at once the most sensuous and the most abstract of the theatrical arts. Its essence is the interaction of music with the movement of male and female bodiesthe erotic impulse styled and formalized by discipline and grace and shaped to a unified whole.
Seldom have these ingredients been brought together in such perfect balance as in the New York...