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George Balanchine's Jewels to be relayed live to cinemas on 11 April 2017

The Royal Ballet's performance of this delightful three-act work will be broadcast from the Royal Opera House to cinemas around the world.

By Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer)

10 April 2017 at 4.02pm | 5 Comments

George Balanchine's celebration of ballet, Jewels, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Royal Opera House on 11 April 2017 at 7.15pm BST.

The sparkling trio of ballets was inspired by the choreographer's trip to Van Cleef & Arpels, the famous jewellers in New York, and was first performed 50 years ago at New York City Ballet.

To enhance your viewing experience, access our Jewels Digital Programme for free using the promo code FREEJEWELS.

The cinema relay will be presented by 'Strictly Come Dancing' winner Ore Oduba and Soloist of The Royal Ballet Kristen McNally.

The story

Jewels made history as the first three-act non-narrative ballet, focusing not on a story, but on the three contrasting dance styles. Each of the independent movements draws on a different period of ballet's history, as well as the characteristics of the three different pieces of music.

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The music

Each of Balanchine's three acts uses music from a different composer. 'Emeralds' draws on the world of French Romantic music, using works by Gabriel Fauré to evoke a mood of elegance and beauty. The second ballet, 'Rubies', draws on Balanchine's own experience in the mid-20th century, with the orchestra playing the jagged Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra by Igor Stravinsky acting as the soundtrack for the dancers' crisp, witty movements. 'Diamonds', the final act, uses music from Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony and references the early 20th century Russian ballet of Balanchine's younger years, capturing the grandeur of Imperial Russia.

The production

Balanchine himself commented that the ballet had 'nothing to do with jewels', with the Jewels of the title referring only to the dancers' costumes. As a result, expect opulence and sparkle, using costume designs from the original NYCB production and new set designs by Jean-Marc Puissant.

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The cast

Sarah Lamb and Steven McRae star in 'Rubies', while Marianela Nuñez and Thiago Soares lead in 'Diamonds'.

Add your review

After the relay, we will publish a roundup of audience tweets, so share your thoughts with the hashtag #ROHjewels.

Jewels runs until 21 April 2017. Tickets are still available.

The production will be broadcast live to cinemas around the world on 11 April 2017. Find your nearest cinema and sign up to our mailing list.

The production is staged with generous philanthropic support from Hans and Julia Rausing, Sarah and Lloyd Dorfman, Lady Ashcroft, Lindsay and Sarah Tomlinson, Peter Lloyd and The Royal Opera House Endowment Fund.

By Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer)

10 April 2017 at 4.02pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by George Balanchine, cinema, Diamonds, Emeralds, Gabriel Fauré, Igor Stravinsky, Jewels, Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky, Rubies

This article has 5 comments

  1. Pauline Bourn responded on 11 April 2017 at 10:30pm Reply

    Lovely night at Harlequin Cinema, Redhill. The best Emeralds I have seen and Rubies was superb. Unfortunately Diamonds did not sparkle as it should - could not get any connection between the principals. In spite of that a marvellous evening - thank you Royal Ballet.

    • Alexandra christiansen responded on 19 April 2017 at 10:44pm

      I was in the audience at the royal concert hall and diamonds definitely sparkled for me. Breathtaking in parts.

  2. Mia De Raeymaecker responded on 12 April 2017 at 10:11am Reply

    marvellous night at Utopolis Mechelen- Belgium; dancers, explication, director, dirigent with orchestra- thank you ROH

  3. Kim Gentile responded on 13 April 2017 at 2:45am Reply

    I live in NW Arkansas and would love to see these performances in a local theater. Is there one anywhere
    near that offers theses events?

    • Asher Korner (Former Assistant Content Producer) responded on 13 April 2017 at 10:13am

      Dear Kim,

      Thanks for your comment, it's great to hear you're interested in seeing one of our cinema broadcasts. Please follow this link to search for your nearest cinema:

      I just ran a quick search for Arkansas and saw that there is a screening in Springfield, Missouri. I realise this might be quite a journey for you, so I'm really sorry if there are no closer cinemas, but do keep an eye on the screenings page for updates!

      I hope this helps,

      All the best,

      Asher Korner
      Interim Assistant Content Producer

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