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Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center Kicks Off Its 2019/2010 Season with Mariinsky Ballet's Performances of George Balanchine's Jewels

The Mariinsky Orchestra, Under the Baton of Alexei Repnikov, Accompanies the Ballet Live with Music by Fauré, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky October 24–27, 2019

LOS ANGELES (September 17, 2019)—The opening of the 17th season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center (Dance at The Music Center), programmed by TMC Arts, will sparkle as two of the world’s preeminent arts organizations, Mariinsky Ballet and Mariinsky Orchestra, return to Los Angeles with five performances of George Balanchine’s Jewels at The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion from October 24–27, 2019. Jewels, a fan favorite, was choreographed by Balanchine in 1967 and is considered the first great three-act abstract ballet. The jewel motif, sustained by costumes and décor, is actually a device to unify sections that would otherwise be disparate; each act is distinct in its style and choreographed to music by a different composer. Since receiving its first performance at the Mariinsky in 1999, Jewels has become a core part of the company’s repertoire.

“Mr. Balanchine revolutionized the look of classical ballet by taking the standards and technique from the Imperial Ballet School and fused it with other schools of movement, creating his signature ‘neoclassical style,’” said Rachel S. Moore, president and CEO of The Music Center. “With Jewels, rather than create a detailed narrative, he used a simple, highly accessible theme to unify the ballet, one that puts the focus on dance and empowers audiences to appreciate the beauty of the movement before them. That accessibility, combined with the legendary performances of the Mariinsky Ballet and the Mariinsky Orchestra, make this engagement the perfect combination for the opening of our dance season; it’s a prime example of our commitment to offering Southern California audiences the chance to experience some of the world’s top performers and works they won’t see anywhere else in Los Angeles.”

Balanchine is considered one of the most influential 20th century choreographers. He premiered Jewels for the New York City Ballet in 1967, where he was its founder and director for 35 years. Each of Jewels’ three acts is styled and composed in stark contrast to each other, united only by the dancers’ dazzling costumes inlaid with colored gems that correspond to the title. The triptych pays homage to the three countries Balanchine called home at various points in his life: France, the United States and Russia.

The first act, “Emeralds,” is set to music from Gabriel Fauré’s Pelléas et Mélisande and Shylock within a setting featuring a medieval French forest with dancers wearing long Romantic tutus. The high-powered cast includes soloists Daria Ionova and Maxim Zyuzin (October 24; October 26 matinee; and October 27 matinee) and Maria Shirinkina and Konstantin Zverev (October 25 and October 26).

In an energetic counterpart to “Emeralds,” “Rubies” features a swordplay of music and choreography between Igor Stravinsky’s Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra and Balanchine’s suggestion of a jazzy, sporty and life-loving America. The principals for this second act include Renata Shakirova and Kimin Kim and Ekaterina Chebykina (October 24; October 26 matinee; and October 27 matinee) and Nadezhda Batoeva and Philipp Stepin, and Maria Bulanova (October 25 and October 26).

As the final act, “Diamonds” represents Russian Grand Imperial Classicism and the tenets of St. Petersburg ballet. Featuring music from Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3 in D Major, “Diamonds” features the soloists Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov (October 24); Ekaterina Kondaurova and Andrei Yermakov (October 25 and October 26); and Maria Khoreva and Timur Askerov (October 26 and October 27 matinees).

Alexei Repnikov conducts the Mariinsky Orchestra for these performances. The original creative team for George Balanchine’s Jewels featured staging by Karin von Aroldingen, Sarah Leland, Elyse Borne and Sean Lavery; scenery by Peter Harvey (1967); and costumes by Karinska (1967). The ballet’s running time is approximately two hours and includes two 20-minute intermissions. Tickets start at $34.

The Ballet of George Balanchine Jewels is presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and has been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® service standards established and provided by the Trust.

Programs and artists subject to change. 

Tickets for Jewels performances at The Music Center start at $34 and are available online at; at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office, 135 N. Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012; or by calling (213) 972-0711. For groups of 10 or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email

One hour prior to each performance of Jewels, The Music Center will host DANCETALKS led by dance historian and author Elizabeth Kaye. Ticketed guests can join this fascinating behind-the-scenes pre-performance discussion.

As part of its commitment to deepening the cultural lives of Angelenos, The Music Center will host middle and high school students from throughout Los Angeles County at a free performance by the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra on Friday, October 25, 2019. Prior to the performance, teachers from the attending schools will participate in an orientation session and receive study guides designed to prepare their students for the experience.

The 2019–2020 season of Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center continues with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (March 18–22, 2020); Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch with its Palermo Palermo (April 17–19, 2020); and Malpaso Dance Company (May 15–17, 2020), and concludes with The Music Center debut performances of Teatro alla Scala Ballet Company with Giselle (July 24–26, 2020). For tickets and information, call (213) 972-0711 or visit

Photos available in The Music Center Press Gallery


Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra
George Balanchine’s Jewels
October 24–27, 2019
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Mariinsky Orchestra, conducted by Alexei Repnikov
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

About Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, a program of The Music Center Arts (TMC Arts), is one of the leading presenters of dance on the West Coast. The celebrated series offers significant works by prestigious ballet and contemporary dance artists from around the world. Now entering its 17th year, Dance at The Music Center is a powerful commissioning force, supporting new works and artists-in-residence projects by today’s most influential companies and choreographers. Performances take place throughout The Music Center, including the historic Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the distinctive Ahmanson Theatre and the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall, and in locations around the Los Angeles area.

About The Music Center
The Music Center convenes artists, communities and ideas with the goal of deepening the cultural lives of every resident in Los Angeles County. The non-profit performing arts organization has two divisions: The Music Center Arts (TMC Arts) and The Music Center Operations (TMC Ops). TMC Arts, The Music Center’s programming engine, provides year-round programming inside The Music Center’s four theatres, on The Music Center Plaza, outside at Grand Park—a 12-acre adjacent green space—and in schools and other locations all over Los Angeles County. TMC Arts presents world-class dance with Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center, free and low-cost public concerts and events, as well as K–12 arts education programs. TMC Ops manages the theatres, the Plaza and Grand Park on behalf of the County of Los Angeles. The Music Center is also home to four renowned resident companies—Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Master Chorale, LA Opera and LA Phil. For more information, visit Follow The Music Center on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @MusicCenterLA.

Calendar Listings

The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Jewels, October 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Jewels, October 25, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Jewels, October 26, 2019, 2:00 p.m.
Jewels, October 26, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Jewels, October 27, 2019, 2:00 p.m.

Box Office:
The Music Center’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tickets start at $34.


(213) 972-0711
For 10 tickets or more, call (213) 972-8555 or email

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