Music: How Now, Town Clown?

The City Center Jeffrey Ballet likes to promote itself as the Mod Squad of dance. That self-styled reputation for being with it is amply justified by the success of such signature works as the multimedia Astarte and Trinity, still the best and brightest of rock ballets. But Founder-Director Robert Jeffrey also has a particular feeling for one of dance's golden eras—the years when Serge Diaghilev imperiously directed the Ballets Russes. Periodically Jeffrey attempts to revive a neglected 20th century classic first performed by Diaghilev's legendary troupe.

Last week, to open its fall Manhattan...