Dance: Toward Elysium

A moving elegy from Robbins

Suzanne Farrell is a lucky dancer. She is 39 now, and still the most exciting ballerina in the world. Purists may fret over whether her lower back is as springy as ever, but the years have if anything enhanced her artistry -- the daring and the inspired eccentricity with which she can ignite a dull ballet and redefine a great role. Farrell created her own biggest stroke of fortune simply by inspiring George Balanchine over nearly two decades to create a necklace of marvelous parts for her; it is surely the richest repertory of any dancer within memory.

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