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Saturday September 22, 2018 2:00 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, Emily Kikta (replaces Isabella LaFreniere)

      DIAMONDS: Sara Mearns, Joseph Gordon

    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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