Dance: Bolshoi Lords Aleaping

But questions arise about the company's balance

Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet is roaring across America for the first time in eight years, the grandest event on the 1987 dance calendar. Indeed, with the spirit of glasnost flourishing and international artistic exchange becoming commonplace, it may be several years before the arrival of a foreign troupe causes such excitement. The performances on the four-city circuit (New York, Washington, San Francisco, Los Angeles) are practically sold out. At the Metropolitan Opera House the crowds have patiently worked their way through strict security checks. Arguments among balletomanes about whether the company lives up to its legend are steamier than Manhattan sidewalks. Bolshoi...

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