SEPT 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 mat & eve, 24
FROM THE MIND OF OUR FOUNDER: SWOONING ELEGANCE, BOLD INSOUCIANCE, AND EXHILARATING GRANDEUR
A season celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of New York City Ballet, with the fall repertory devoted exclusively to George Balanchine works, kicks off in sumptuous style. Balanchine’s only full-length plotless ballet, Jewels has been a perennial favorite of both connoisseurs and popular audiences since its 1967 premiere. Taking inspiration from gemstones after a visit to Van Cleef & Arpels, Balanchine created a three-part ballet that is also a tribute to disparate eras: Emeralds evokes the gracious elegance of the art form’s history in France, Rubies celebrates the jazzy energy that American dancers brought to the ballet, and the glittering finale, Diamonds, honors Balanchine’s roots in Russia and the height of the classical period.
Ballets on this Program
Emeralds floats at Fauré's mesmerizing pace, evoking an underwater setting with delicate and pliable movement.
Rubies sends its dancers racing across the stage like lightning to Stravinsky’s jazz-inflected piano capriccio, emphasized by a sharp attack and sassy style.
With its symphonic Tschaikovsky score, Diamonds venerates the regality of Balanchine's native Russia for an elegant and romantic experience.