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Sun 22 November
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This opulent triptych was inspired by Balanchine’s visit to the famous jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels on New York’s Fifth Avenue. It celebrates the cities and dance schools of Paris, New York and St Petersburg, each bound to its own precious stone.
With this first abstract ballet, Balanchine built a homage of captivating beauty to the dance schools that had forged his style – Paris, New York and St Petersburg – each represented by a contrasting jewel – emerald, ruby and diamond. Jewels offers a unique opportunity to enjoy Balanchine’s visually captivating work, as the Bolshoi is the only company authorised by the Balanchine Trust to film and broadcast his masterpiece. Captured live on 19 Jan 2014, 2 hrs 5 mins.
Captured live on 19 Jan 2014, screening in our cinema. 2 hrs 5 mins.
Music Gabriel Fauré (Emeralds), Igor Stravinsky (Rubies), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Diamonds)
Choreography George Balanchine
Libretto Theophile Gautier and Jean-Henry Saint-Georges
Cast Olga Smirnova, Semyon Chudin, Vladislav Lantratov, Anna Tikhomirova, Ekaterina Krysanova and the Bolshoi Corps de Ballet
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