George Balanchine's glittering ballet was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. It was created in 1967 for the New York City Ballet and is the first abstract three-act ballet. Jewels was performed in full by The Royal Ballet for the first time in 2007. The production uses costume designs from the original version and new set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant. Each of the three movements draws on a different stone for its inspiration and a different composer for its sound. The French Romantic music of Faur? provides the impetus for the lyricism of ?Emeralds'. The fire of ?Rubies' comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet in ?Diamonds' with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the music of Tchaikovsky. Each section salutes a different era in classical ballet's history as well as a distinct period in Balanchine's own life. Through it all, Balanchine displays his genius for combining concert music with visionary choreography. Running time: approx. 2hrs 20mins (inclu. two intervals)


Choreographer: George Balanchine
Music(s): Gabriel Faure, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky
Design: Jean-Marc Puissant
Costume: Barbara Karinska
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Other(s): Elyse Bourne (staging), Patricia Neary (staging)
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Jewels - Royal Ballet

Jewels - Royal Ballet (Dance or ballet) production archive for QTIX code T1332429958. Details of all Jewels - Royal Ballet archived productions can be found under the QTIX code: S1360973237

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17 Dec 13
7 Jan 14
Royal Opera House
West End
Greater London

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