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On Stage: George Balanchine’s Jewels
- Starring: The Royal Ballet
- Director: Ross MacGibbon
- Choreographer: George Balanchine
- Genre(s): Dance, Performance Arts
- Rating: NR
- Filmed live at th Royal Opera House on Apr. 11th 2017
- Running Time: Approx. 2 hrs 30 min, including two intervals.
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Production Summary: Jewels uses three gem stones as starting points to explore an array of musical and dance styles, each intimately connected to Balanchine’s own life and career.
Production Information: George Balanchine’s evocation of the sparkle of emeralds, rubies and diamonds is a brilliant ballet classic. The French Romantic music of Fauré provides the impetus for the subtlety and lyricism of ‘Emeralds’, while the fire of ‘Rubies’ comes from Stravinsky and the jazz-age energy of New York. Grandeur and elegance complete the ballet with the splendour of Imperial Russia and the peerless music of Tchaikovsky in ‘Diamonds’. Jewels is a masterclass in the many luminous facets of classical ballet and indeed of The Royal Ballet itself: the virtuoso choreography of Balanchine, the intensity of the soloists and the precision of the entire Company
George Balanchine’s glittering ballet Jewels was inspired by the beauty of the gem stones he saw in the New York store of jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels. He went on to make history with this, the first abstract three-act ballet, first performed in 1967 by New York City Ballet. Jewels was performed in full by The Royal Ballet for the first time in 2007, using costume designs from the original NYCB production 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 Fauré 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 Tchaikovsky’s opulent Third Symphony. 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 music with visionary choreography.
"In Diamonds, Marianela Nuñez has a glow that goes beyond glitter. She’s both mysterious and tender, dancing on a grand scale in a strong Royal Ballet revival of George Balanchine’s Jewels."- Zoe Anderson, The Independent
"The company's movement is majestic and impeccably timed. It’s an apt end to a suite that has it all – soft romanticism, showy virtuosity and this final, glimmering ode to the grandeur of classical ballet."- Rachel Elderkin, The Stage
"Balanchine's Jewels is catnip to dedicated ballet lovers. A homage, faithful and brilliant as only a master could make, to three different styles of choreography and three different national sensibilities, it's as dense, expertly carved and glittering as the gems of the title."- Hanna Weibye, The Arts Desk
"It's plain to see why Jewels, Balanchine's work that marks it's half-century this year, has an enduring appeal. It's a pure, glossy, glittering spectacle to be devoured and enjoyed by those viewing it. "- Vikki Broad, Broadway World UK
"The work, created by Balanchine in 1967 for the New York City Ballet, was the first three-act abstract ballet. Each of its constituent parts is inspired by a different gemstone and set to music by a different composer. In its entirety, the piece is a meditation on the evolution of classical ballet and on Balanchine’s preoccupations as a romantic and an exile. "- Luke Jennings, The Guardian