DetailsThree contrasting movements - Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds - provide a wonderful showcase for ballet's many-faceted moods. Emeralds, set to Gabriel Faure's music for Pelleas et Melisande and Shylock is a sensuous and sweeping piece drawing on French Romantic dance from his time with Diaghilev's Ballet Russes. Rubies, set to Igor Stravinsky's Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, is New York and the lively heat of jazz from the 1930s and 40s, influenced greatly by the Hollywood films and Broadway musicals he worked on. Diamonds, set to Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky's Thid Symphony, is an homage to Balanchine's early life and training in Russia and it is a dazzling example of the purely classical style associated with Imperialist Russia.
Cast/Performers Tamara Rojo, Federico Bonelli, Bennet Gartside, Mara Galeazzi, Valeri Hristov, Robeta Marquez, Leanne Benjamin, Nehemiah Kish, Ricardo Cervera, Yuhui Choe, Laura McCulloch, Zenaida Yanowsky, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae, Alina Cojocaru, Rupert Pennefather, Marianela Nunez, Thiago Soares
Creatives/CompanyChoreographer: George Balanchine
Director(s): Elyse Bourne, Patricia Neary
Design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Costume: Barbara Karinska
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton