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Three top ballet troupes share stage for 50th year of 'Jewels'

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 01:58

New York City Ballet unites with Paris Opera and Bolshoi for Balanchine's 'Jewels'. Angela Moore reports.

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"Emeralds," "Rubies" and "Diamonds" will dazzle as never before as three of the world's top dance companies share the stage for the first time to mark the 50th anniversary of "Jewels," the world's first full-length, plotless ballet. The work is by legendary choreographer George Balanchine, and in three acts it honors the Russian, American and French styles that shaped his career. During rehearsals in New York City, the dancers say the collaboration provides a chance to compare notes. SOUNDBITE: Teresa Reichlen, New York City Ballet principal dancer, saying (English): "I think it will be like a very exciting week, and I'm excited to see Paris Opera dancers and the Russians, and how they interpret it because I've seen our company do it many, many times. So I think it'll be a nice fresh reading or interpretation that I haven't seen before." SOUNDBITE: Aurelie Dupont, Paris Opera Ballet dance director, saying (English): "We can all share something very nice and something very sweet together on stage. So I think the message is quite nice." While there are no plans to repeat this collaboration, the thought of bringing it to Russia thrilled the Bolshoi Ballet director. SOUNDBITE: Makhar Vaziev, Bolshoi Ballet director, saying (Russian): "I think the most important meaning, the biggest event here is Balanchine himself, because I can't imagine who else, which name either than Balanchine, could have united together these three famous, renowned companies." During the performances at Lincoln Center, the Paris Opera Ballet will dance "Emeralds," which recalls French Romanticism. The New York City Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet will alternate in "Rubies," and "Diamonds," which reflects Imperial Russia with Tchaikovsky music. The shows run from July 20 through the 23.

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Three top ballet troupes share stage for 50th year of 'Jewels'

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 01:58