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3 Top Ballet Companies Convene For The Golden Anniversary Of 'Jewels'

George Balanchine's modernist masterpiece was the first full-length, nonnarrative ballet. Russian, American and French ballet dancers have gathered to perform it together in New York City.
Dancers from the Paris Opera Ballet perform "Emeralds," the first movement of George Balanchine's Jewels, which marks its 50th anniversary this year. (Jewels, choreography by George Balanchine, © The George Balanchine Trust) Source: Agathe Poupeney

Russian, American and French ballet dancers are gathering Thursday night for a bit of cultural diplomacy at New York City's Lincoln Center. They're celebrating the 50th anniversary of George Balanchine's masterpiece Jewels, considered the first full-length, nonnarrative ballet.

is in three acts, each named for a gem and each with a different choreographic style, representing different periods in Balanchine's life. It'sbeen a

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