Dance: Misha Meets Yankee Doodle

Eliot Feld's new ballet, Variations on "America," is a series of opinions. "This is what I think. Isn't that surprising?" asks Feld, 34, a brilliant choreographer who seems mildly baffled by his witty, ribald new dance. "This ballet concerns some of my feelings about us, about America. It's [he tests the word syllable by syllable] op-ti-mis-tic."

The atmosphere was jubilant when Feld unveiled his seven-minute romp through Americana at Manhattan's City Center last week. It was the first Broadway run for the troupe that Joseph Papp has housed at the Public Theater for all...

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