Dance: The Ballerina Is Boss

Suzanne Farrell excels in a new role--breathing fresh life into classics and taking them on tour

My God, she can't be that young," someone whispered loudly as a svelte Suzanne Farrell slipped through the curtains of the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. She was there to introduce the first night of Suzanne Farrell Stages the Masters of 20th Century Ballet, a 10-city road show that opened in Washington last month and closes next week in New York City. At 54, Farrell still looks perfectly capable of donning tutu and toe shoes and filling in for any of the women in her 16-member company. But she doesn't need to, and that's the point. Her versions of such classics as...

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