George Balanchine's vivid jewel-themed triptych, strikingly choreographed to the music of Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. George Balanchine's three act masterpiece is renowned as the world's first full-length abstract ballet. The Russian-born co-founder of the New York City Ballet, Balanchine was inspired by the artistry of jewellery designer Claude Arpels to create a trio of distinct movements revealing the essence of each precious stone. Each part also evokes three very different cities: Paris, New York and St. Petersburg. 'Emeralds' was conceived as a tribute to the French romantic school, with music by Gabriel Faure. The suitably fiery and energetic 'Rubies' taps in to the rich tradition of Broadway musicals, with music by Stravinsky. 'Diamonds' honours the grandeur of Imperial Russia and the Maryinsky Theater, choreographed brilliantly to the music of Tchaikovsky. With its superb jewel-like costumes, this is an extraordinary celebration of the influences on the choreographer who was described as the father of American ballet.
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