Dance: New Role for Nureyev

Across Lincoln Center at Manhattan's Metropolitan Opera House, an evening of sheer visceral joy was conjured up by Britain's Royal Ballet. The chief magician was Rudolf Nureyev, the company's conspicuous permanent guest artist. Following Kenneth MacMillan's disappointing Manon, which inaugurated the Royal's five-week New York-Washington, D.C. season, Nureyev scored a double success. He danced an impressive debut in the comic ballet La Fille Mal Gardée. On the other half of the program was a scene from La Bayardère, the "white ballet" he restaged at Covent Garden in 1963.

La Bayardère is a richly...

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