Dance She Did It Her Way

The centerpiece of the Royal Ballet's current U.S. tour is a production of SWAN LAKE that in most respects is a genial mess. In the famous "white act," the enchanted maidens dance around in what appears to be silvery decor left over from their Christmas party, all tinsel and discarded trees. But the company does have a genuine Swan Queen: the bewitching French ballerina SYLVIE GUILLEM. At 26, she is the reigning star of international ballet, and it is easy to see why. Tall and leggy, she seems to have double-jointed hips -- her ordinary kick is stopped only by her...

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