About the Film:
Bolshoi Ballet’s "Jewels"
George Balanchine | Ballet in Three Parts
Music by Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky | Estimated running time 150 minutes
Performed Live January 19, 2014
Inspired by brilliant precious stones, George Balanchine exquisitely choreographed Jewels in 1967 as
three disparate parts, each with its own composer and striking beauty. The ballet serves as a tribute to the
three cities-Paris, New York, and St. Petersburg, all of which carved the elegance, aesthetic and style of
Balanchine. Emeralds, honoring the French romantic school, reveals the most delicate of movements,
while Rubies reflects the lightning-fast pace of New York in a jazzy, witty and sharp attack. Diamonds is
an homage to the opulence and regality of Balanchine’s native Russia. Recently added to the Bolshoi
repertoire, the dancers bring “a fascinating life” (Financial Times) to this ballet that combines pure
virtuosity, class, and elegance.
Featuring the Bolshoi Principals, Soloists, and Corps de Ballet