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Wednesday September 19, 2018 7:30 PM

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A cherished staple of the repertory since its debut in 1967, Jewels was inspired by a visit George Balanchine made to the jewelers Van Cleef & Arpels. Widely considered to be the first full-length abstract ballet, its three sections express the breadth of Balanchine’s artistry: the lyricism of Emeralds, set to the music of Fauré; the jazz-inflected energy of Rubies, danced to Stravinsky; and the noble classicism of Diamonds, to Tschaikovsky.

David H. Koch Theater
Running Time:
2 hrs. 12 min.


  • Jewels

    • Music by: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
    • Choreography by: George Balanchine
    • Principal Casting:
      EMERALDS: Tiler Peck, Taylor Stanley*, Unity Phelan*, Adrian Danchig-Waring, Sara Adams, Sean Suozzi, Meagan Mann

      RUBIES: Sterling Hyltin, Andrew Veyette, Claire Kretzschmar* (replaces Isabella LeFreniere)

      DIAMONDS: Sara Mearns, Joseph Gordon*

      *First time in role

    Balanchine distilled the brilliant facets of precious stones into a grand display: Emeralds moves at Fauré's mesmerizing pace, while Rubies races like lightning through Stravinsky's jazz-inflected capriccio. With its symphonic Tschaikovsky score, Diamonds venerates the regality of Balanchine’s classical heritage.

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Performance Extras

  • Wednesday, Sep 19, 2018 at 7:10 PM
    David H. Koch Theater
    First Position Discussions
    Free for all ticket holders, these informal discussions on the program begin 20 minutes before curtain on the right side of the Fourth Ring and during intermission/s.

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