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.
- Music by: Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, and Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
- Choreography by: George Balanchine
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.