Ever since it made its debut more than 50 years ago, to both critical acclaim and extraordinary popular success, George Balanchine’s Jewels has maintained its place as a gleaming highlight of the international repertory. A full-length work divided into three parts, each named after a gemstone, the ballet incorporates a tribute to French romanticism in Emeralds, an explosion of jazzy neoclassical glamour in Rubies, and a celebration of the splendor of Imperial Russian classicism in Diamonds.
Running time: 2 hrs 7 min
- 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.