10 April 2017 at 4.02pm | 5 Comments
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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.
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.
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.
- Costume design for Jewels
- Your Reaction: the audience reactions to Jewels
- Jewels dance highlight: the 'Diamonds' pas de deux
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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.