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A Revolution En Pointe

THREE OF THE WORLD’S TOP BALLET COMPANIES, IN AN UNPRECEDENTED COLLABORATION, CELEBRATE A GEORGE BALANCHINE GEM ON ITS 50TH BIRTHDAY

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DIAMOND JUBILEE: A performance of Jewels by the Bolshoi Ballet. Right, New York City Ballet’s Martins and Farrell dancing in “Diamonds” in 1977.
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THE GREATEST ballet choreographer of the 20th century had a favorite coffee shop, across the street from New York’s Lincoln Center at the Empire Hotel. It was here that “Mr. B,” as many called Russian émigré George Balanchine, first told Jacques d’Amboise about “Emeralds,” a work inspired by visits to the jewelry store Van Cleef & Arpels. “You know, it’s French countryside, like you see the impressionists paint—beautiful, warm, gentle and calming,” Balanchine told d’Amboise, then a leading dancer at his company, the New York City Ballet, of what would become one of the three short ballets that make up his masterpiece Jewels.

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