Dance: The Death of the Heart

Balanchine 's new ballet looks sadly on love

A lovely woman reaches out toward her partner and gently cradles his face in her hands. He enfolds her hands tenderly in his for a moment. Then he moves distractedly away. She is left holding the shape of her lover's face, and has only anguish to fill the hollow sculpture she has made.

The brief sequence is in Robert Schumann 's Davidsbündlertänze, a new ballet by George Balanchine that received its world premiere at the New York City Ballet last week. From this choreographer it is a radical work. Balanchine relies on music to give...

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