George Balanchine's Jewels
The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
October 24, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
October 25, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
October 26, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
October 26, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.
October 27, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
George Balanchine's Jewels*
With live music by Mariinsky Orchestra
Choreographed by George Balanchine in 1967, Jewels is recognized as the first great abstract work of classical ballet. The piece, inspired by a visit by Balanchine to Van Cleef & Arpels, consists of three acts: “Emeralds,” “Rubies” and “Diamonds,” featuring music by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky, respectively.
Balanchine used jewelry imagery to inform his choreography, incorporating leg extensions that suggest refracted light through the gemstones. Each act is styled and composed in stark contrast, united only by the dancers’ dazzling costumes inlaid with colored gems that correspond to the title. Although it did not receive its first performance at the Mariinsky Theatre until 1999, Jewels has since become Balanchine’s calling card at the theatre and a core part of the company’s repertoire. The Mariinsky Ballet is one of the world’s preeminent dance companies, home to many of ballet’s most celebrated dancers and steeped in artistic heritage.
Valery Gergeiv, artistic director
Yury Fateev, interim ballet director
* © The George Balanchine Trust.
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