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George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’.

Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company.George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. He went on to make history with this, the first abstract three-act ballet, first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet..Each section salutes a different era in classical ballet’s history as well as a distinct period in Balanchine’s own life.

Director:Ross Macgibbon Conductor: Pavel Sorokin Choreography: George Balanchine

Played at

Playhouse 7, 8.14.17 - 8.15.17
Royal, 8.14.17 - 8.15.17
Town Center 5, 8.14.17 - 8.15.17
Claremont 5, 8.14.17 - 8.15.17

Runtime: 166 min
Language: English