Ballet Society

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Founded in 1946 by Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, this was the precursor to New York City Ballet. It was set up like a private club, performing new works before a subscription audience. Its productions included Balanchine's stagings of Ravel's L'Enfant et les sortilèges, Hindemith's Four Temperaments, and Stravinsky's Orpheus. In 1948 the company was invited to join the New York City Center of Music and Drama as New York City Ballet.

Subjects: Dance.

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